About 6,800 people have been newly displaced in Kachin State since early April when fighting broke out between the Myanmar Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Clashes have displaced people from locations in 6 different townships across Kachin State. Thousands have arrived in urban areas where displaced people are sheltering in local churches, existing IDP camps, or with host families and receiving aid from union, state and local authorities, CSOs, national and international NGOs, as well as private donors. Access to some conflict-affected areas remains difficult for both international and national humanitarian organizations.
6,800 newly displaced in Kachin
During the first week of May, severe storms killed more than 100 people. The worst affected states are Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Although more severe than similar storms in recent years, the government is providing assistance and there is unlikely to be a call for international assistance.
More than 83,000 people have been displaced by conflict since the beginning of the year, according to OCHA’s Displacement Tracking System. This is an increase of more than 7,700 people compared to the previous week. Fighting was reported in Faryab, Kunduz, and Hilmand provinces.
There are also reports of steep increases in the cost of fresh food and wheat flour.3
83,000 people displaced in 2018
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On 26 February 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Highlands Region. More than 270,000 people, including 125,000 children, have been left in immediate need of life-saving assistance. The latest tracking figures available from the Displacement Tracking Matrix, implemented as part of the Shelter/CCCM Cluster response, indicate that over 11,000 households remain displaced, of which 1,250 are reside in nine care centres. A partial assessment of key social infrastructure, primarily focusing on health and education facilities in Hela, Southern Highlands and Western provinces concluded that total estimated cost of rehabilitating assessed social infrastructure across the three provinces is approximately US$ 105 million.4
On 5 May a 6M earthquake struck off shore, about 50km north off the town of Pandan, on Catanduanes island, Region 5. Tremors were felt as far away as Manila however there are no reports of casualties or damage.
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