Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (18 - 24 July 2017)
On 22 and 23 July, new landslides affected the district of Bandarban in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, with preliminary reports indicating that 6 people have died and 4 people are still missing. As rain continues during the intense monsoon season, there is the risk of further landslides causing additional suffering and destruction. The landslides that occurred between June and July are the deadliest in history, with Rangamati and Bandarban the most affected areas. Currently, 1,500 people in eight shelter camps are still receiving emergency shelter assistance and food assistance from national authorities.
Complementing the government’s efforts, several humanitarian partners are providing shelter assistance, psychosocial support, NFIs and cash for food to 4,300 households. Other agencies are providing shelter, WASH and Sexual and Reproductive Health assistance to 1,500 households.
As of 22 July, 466,000 people (IDPs) are currently displaced by the conflict in Marawi City that began on 23 May. Of those, about 23,600 people (5 per cent) are staying in 75 designated evacuation centres, while the rest are staying with host families or in other temporary shelters.
As of 19 July, the Department of Health (DOH) reports 42 deaths among IDPs brought to hospitals with health consequences. More than 17,000 IDPs have been treated for injuries or illnesses. Insufficient water supply, inadequate septic tanks and drainage, and improper waste disposal are among the top concerns for evacuation centres and communal sites. Recent heavy rains are exacerbating the situation for many IDPs and are challenging the response.
466,000 people displaced
According to Government data and FAO satellite analysis, around 30% of early crops have been lost due to the dry spell that has struck the country. These crops constitute 10% of the overall harvest. Rain began this mornth which is important for the main crops, but given the reliance on agriculture any loss has negative impact on vulnerable communities’ food security and nutrition. As in previous years, the dry spell coincided with the lean period and as a consequence, government rations, of which 70% of the population rely, recently dropped to 300 grams per person per day from 400g, which is still well below the target 573g.
As of 21 July, more than 91,000 people had been temporarily displaced across Myanmar’s Magway, Sagaing, Ayeyarwady and Bago regions, as well as in Kayin State, due to monsoon season floods, with thousands more affected. The Government of Myanmar, local authorities, Myanmar Red Cross Society,
INGOs and the private sector are providing cash assistance, food, drinking water, NFIs, WASH and other necessary support. As heavy rains continue, the UN and partners are closely monitoring the situation and stand ready to provide support to the Government’s response, if required.
91,000 people displaced
Tropical Storm Sonca has formed in the South China Sea and is moving towards northcentral Vietnam. The storm is forecasted to make landfall on 26 July and could potentially cause very heavy rainfall and a high risk of flooding and landslides.
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