Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (10 - 16 June 2014)
Following flash floods and landslides caused by above average monsoon rains at the beginning of June, the Disaster Management Centre reports that 27 people died and nine people injured while around 104,000 people in eleven districts were affected. A total of 1,364 houses were partially damaged with 288 houses totally destroyed. The National Disaster Relief Services Centre reports that the displaced people have returned home and all welfare centres in the affected districts have closed as the situation stablises. The urgent priority for the NDRSC is well cleaning and water purification to minimize/prevent waterborne diseases.
Four people were killed and over 250 houses were damaged when a violent storm swept across Faridpur district in central Bangladesh on 11 Jun. Local authorities are leading the relief efforts.
Approximately 120,000 Cambodians have returned to Cambodia after an announcement by the Thai Government that they would seek stronger regulation for migrant workers from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar.
Cambodia’s provincial authorities in the north-western province of Banteay Meanchey, with support from IOM, UN agencies, local and international NGOs and the Cambodia Red Cross Society, have provided immediate relief assistance to the those stranded at the Poi Pet border crossing and have arranged onward ground transport in an attempt to alleviate congestion caused by the returning workers. The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rejected rumors that the Thai military has run a nationwide crackdown and forcibly repatriated Cambodian workers.
Tropical Storm Hagibis made landfall in Guangdong province on 15 June.
After escalating from a tropical depression in the South China Sea,
Hagibis is expected to bring heavy rain to coastal cities in Guangdong,
Fujian and southern Taiwan. Local authorities have issued warnings to offshore workers. Hagibis is not expected to have a major humanitarian impact.
According to the latest precipitation forecast, below normal rainfall is expected across Indonesia and parts of eastern Australia. Above average rainfall is expected across the northern Pacific.
- Solomon Islands: Floods
- Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan
- Philippines: Zamboanga
- Myanmar: Rakhine State
- Myanmar: Kachin State
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