Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (20 - 27 December 2016)
On 25 December, Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) made landfall over Catanduanes province as a Category 3 typhoon. As of 27 December, Nock-Ten affected an estimated 112,000 people in four regions (Regions IV-A, IV-B, V and VIII). Before landfall, nearly 430,000 people were pre-emptively evacuated. The Government is leading ongoing relief operations and assessments. To date, no deaths have been confirmed by authorities. The typhoon continues to weaken as it moves further off shore.
112,000 people affected
Following several days of torrential rains, up to 3 metres of flood water hit Bima Regency in West Nusa Tenggara province on 21 and 23 December. While no casualties were reported, about 104,000 people were displaced. As of 27 December, the flood has largely receded. The local government declared an emergency response until 4 January and provided relief assistance, supported by provincial and national governments. According to BNPB, 34 health posts, 27 schools, 187 houses were damaged. No international assistance is expected for this response.
104,000 people displaced
As of 19 December, severe winter conditions were reported in 16 provinces. According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, an estimated 37,000 herder households (157,000 people) may be directly affected by the extreme weather conditions, as a result of their nomadic and pastoralist lifestyle. Existing resources and coping mechanisms were reported insufficient and/or severely stretched as a result of the unusual and early snowfall throughout October and November. On 23 December, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia issued a letter to the international community in Mongolia calling for financial and technical assistance.
157,000 people affected
Humanitarian services, particularly food, cash, primary healthcare, nutrition and water/sanitation, are slowly resuming in northern parts of Rakhine State. However, only national staff are permitted to operate in the field and access to some areas remains restricted, including to some severely affected villages in northern Maungdaw Township. About 26,000 food-insecure and vulnerable people have received cash and nutrition support over past weeks and some health clinics have reopened in the resumption of pre-existing humanitarian programmes.
To assess emerging humanitarian needs, an inter-agency MIRA assessment mission with technical staff is expected soon to a number of areas in northern Maungdaw.
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