Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (31 October - 6 November 2017)
From 2 to 5 November, 4,000 new Rohingya refugees crossed the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Since the outbreak of violence in Rakhine State (Myanmar) on 25 August, 609,000 refugees are hosted in Bangladesh. Despite ongoing humanitarian assistance provided to the refugees, the nutrition status of children under age-5 have drastically deteriorated compared to last year. An estimated 564,000 people need nutrition assistance, including 240,000 children.
To date, nearly 7,500 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition were admitted for treatment. On average, 50,000 hot meals are being distributed daily by Food Security sector partners.
609,000 Rohingya refugees hosted in Bangladesh
As of 5 November, Typhoon Damrey caused 29 deaths, destroyed 600 houses and damaged nearly 40,000 houses after hitting 10 provinces and the city of Danang on 4 November. National authorities have instructed all central and provincial agencies to scale up search and rescue and relief operations and to quickly restore damaged infrastructures.
NGO partners with operations in the affected areas, including Save the Children and World Vision, have mobilized local staff and resources to support provincial authorities. No international assistance has been requested.
On 29 October, Marawi City authorities began organized return of internally displaced people following the announcement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that operations against ISIS-affiliated armed groups ended. More than 700 families were transported. The Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed one-month food ration, hygiene kits, kitchen sets and PHP5,000 (US$100) cash assistance to each family. IOM provided logistics and food support and WASH Cluster partners distributed water storage bags in the return areas. The return process will be conducted in phases, as the military continues to clear the city. Nine out of the 96 barangays (lowest administration unit) affected by the conflict were identified in the first phase for return.
At least seven people were killed and more than 3,500 people were evacuated in Penang following severe flash floods caused by an 18-hour storm which began on 4 November. The police and military are supporting state authorities with the ongoing relief efforts.
International assistance has not been requested. The flooding in Penang is reportedly one of the worst since prolonged storms hit Malaysia from December 2014 to January 2015, which caused 21 deaths and displaced 200,000 people.
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