Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (7 - 13 November 2017)
Thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to cross the border from Rakhine State (Myanmar) to Bangladesh. Since 9 November, 4,000 new Rohingya refugees were recorded, bringing the total number of refugees to 615,500, since the outbreak of violence in Rakhine on 25 August. WHO continues to investigate an ongoing measles outbreak; to date there have been 412 suspected cases and one reported death.
Vaccinations against polio, measles, rubella and tetanus are being carried out at 43 sites. A second round of cholera vaccinations was completed on 10 November, with almost 200,000 children given a second dose of vaccine for added protection.
615,500 Rohingya refugees hosted in Bangladesh
As of 11 November, 4.3 million have been affected by Typhoon Damrey and the subsequent flooding, with 395,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance. Damrey caused 104 deaths and forced more than 35,000 people to evacuate. Partners estimate that 1,500 metric tons of rice are urgently needed to cover the food needs of 38,400 households over the next four weeks. In the most affected province of Khanh Hoa, 24,490 households require drinking water for the next 15 days according to initial assessments. The Government of Viet Nam, through the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, is leading the relief operations with targeted in-country support from the Viet Nam Red Cross Society, UN agencies and international NGO partners.
The humanitarian crisis continues on both sides of the Myanmar -Bangladesh border. According to the Rakhine State Government, almost all Rakhine Buddhists and people from minority groups who were internally displaced after 25 August have returned.
Humanitarian access in northern Rakhine remains restricted. The Red Cross Movement continues to work with the authorities to provide assistance. By 6 November, the Red Cross reached more than 72,000 people with food assistance.
The World Food Programme has also recently been permitted to resume operations in northern Rakhine and is initially targeting 36,000 people for food deliveries in November.
On 3 November, the Department of Social Welfare and Development reported a total of 6,649 families had returned to nine cleared barangays (lowest administration unit in the Philippines) in Marawi City. IDPs who have been able to return are required to adhere to a curfew with limited movement. The curfew was reportedly imposed by authorities to mitigate looting.
Access to areas most severely affected by the conflict remains restricted, while the lack of livelihood opportunities in return areas is constraining sustainable return. The local government has established a committee in Marawi to resolve concerns from the displaced community and returnees.
As of 12 November, a total of 338,108 people were displaced by conflict in Afghanistan. The number of people displaced increased by nearly 19,000 people compared to the previous week. The displaced people are primarily in the provinces of Nangarhar, Kunduz, Badghis and Baghlan.
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