Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 29 October - 4 November, 2013
PHILIPPINES, VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, LAO PDR and THAILAND
A number of storms are active in the NW Pacific and South China Sea.
Cyclone Krosa swept over the northern tip of the Philippines causing power outages in several provinces and causing the evacuation of about 380 people. The storm is now south of Hong Kong and is forecasted to turn sharply southward and hit central-southern Vietnam as a Tropical Depression on 5 Nov.
Tropical storm 30 has just formed west of the Philippines. This storm will remain a tropical depression as it passes over northern Mindanao on 4 Nov. The storm is likely to bring more heavy rain to IDPs in Zamboanga, who are living in camps which have already been flooded. After the Philippines, it will hit southern Vietnam as a tropical storm, moving across Cambodia and Thailand. Landfall in Vietnam is expected on 6 Nov.
Finally, tropical storm Haiyan has formed in Micronesia. The current forecast says it will strike the Visayas of central Philippines as a Category 4 cyclone on 7 Nov.
Source: GDACS, PDC, TSR
As of 30 Oct, the 7.2M earthquake in Bohol had killed 222 people, affected some 3.2 million, and left nearly 371,000 people displaced, of whom 89,000 are staying in 376 evacuation centers. The UN launched the Bohol Earthquake Action Plan on 25 Oct, seeking US$46.8 million over 6 months, mainly to meet the needs of those displaced.
Source: OCHA Sitrep No. 5
As of 30 Oct, floods across Cambodia have claimed 188 lives, displaced over 144,000 and affected more than 1.7 million. Waters have begun to recede across the country with the worst affected provinces being Battambang and Banteay Meanchey. National authorities and the Cambodian Red Cross, as well as the UN and NGOs continue assisting the affected population, particularly with food and NFI distributions, and in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, health, education and protection.
Source: HRF Sitrep No. 5
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
On 2 Nov, two landslides occurred in Kenagi village, in Eastern Highlands province.
Preliminary reports are that eight people have been killed and an estimated 400 displaced. The Government has mobilized relief supplies and needs assessments are ongoing.
Villagers on Paama Island continue to clean up following flooding and landslides a week ago. The authorities in the main town of Liro is managing the response with food, water and NFIs distributed to over 400 impacted households in 10 villages.
Continuous rains following the monsoon season have created water-logging in the districts of Jessore and Satkhira, in the south-western part of the country. This phenomenon brings ground water to the surface and impedes agriculture. Assessments are ongoing.
A 6.3 M earthquake struck the island of Taiwan on 31 Oct. There are no reports of casualties or serious damage.
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