Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (23 - 29 January 2018)
More than 17,000 people have reportedly been displaced in Afghanistan in the past week. This includes more than 10,000 people who fled military operations in Chardarah district, Kunduz Province, and arrived in Kunduz City, according to initial information. Following an attack on the office of Save the Children in Jalalabad, Kandahar Province, that killed four staff members, the international NGO suspended activities across the country.
17,000 people displaced
As of 29 January, nearly 90,000 people have been evacuated from their homes due to ongoing eruptions at Mount Mayon. The majority of displaced people are staying in 74 evacuation centres. Food assistance is being provided to evacuees by the government and humanitarian partners, however, the loss of income for affected people has prompted many to return to their land and homes, even though it is not safe to do so. Lack of drinking water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene and dignity kits have been noted in areas where evacuees are staying.
90,000 people evacuated
As of 26 January 2018, nearly 4,900 clinically suspected Diphtheria cases have been reported, and 31 people are known to have died from the disease. There has also been an increase in the number of suspected mumps cases in the last two weeks. Rohingya refugees and host communities have never been vaccinated against mumps.
31 people died
Fighting between the Myanmar Military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) that broke out in Kachin State on 19 January, is ongoing in Sumprabum, Tanai, and Waingmaw townships. In Sumprabum Township, more than 700 people fled clashes on the 22 January, including more than 400 displaced people from Ndup Yang IDP camp, who fled after mortar shells landed within 200 meters of the camp. Access to this area is restricted and may be impeded further, following the destruction of a major bridge on the road to Sumprabum. The Tanai area saw heavy aerial bombing and shelling between the 25-27 January, and four civilians were reportedly killed and several others injured. In Waingmaw Township, mortar shells reportedly landed close to the Woi Chyai IDP camp on 27 January, the third time since mid-December.
700 people displaced and 4 civilians killed in Kachin State
On 23 January, a 6.1M earthquake struck 43km southwest of Lebak District, Banten Province in the Indian Ocean, at a depth of 64 km. By 26 January, 53 aftershocks had been recorded. 73 sub-districts in nine districts and cities in West Java, Banten, and Jakarta provinces were affected. One person died, and 11 people were injured, seven seriously. A total of 2,760 houses were damaged, of which 10 per cent were heavily damaged. BNPB continues to provide assistance following the earthquake.
2,760 houses damaged
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