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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (22 - 28 April 2014)

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BANGLADESH

A severe storm swept through northern Netrokona district on 28 Apr leaving at least nine people dead and about 1,000 homeless. The full extent of the storm's destruction is not yet known.
Source: OCHA ROAP

MYANMAR

Conflict between the Myanmar Army and the Kachin Independence Army erupted on 10 Apr in southern Kachin State and continued for several days, affecting several villages and IDP camps. Currently, more than 2,700 people are newly displaced and are being hosted in four locations. Many of the new IDPs include people who have already been displaced during fighting in southern Kachin State in Nov 2013. An unconfirmed number of people have also fled across the border to China, where they have received support from local NGOs. With support from international organisations, local NGOs have been leading the response. So far, NFIs, tents, food and hygiene kits have been provided and some emergency latrines. However, needs remain for shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene assistance. Inter-agency assessments took place on 24–25 Apr to further assess needs.
Source: OCHA Myanmar

The 26-27 Mar civil unrest in Sittwe, Rakhine State, caused severe damage to INGO and UN offices, warehouses and premises, and resulted in the relocation of over 300 staff. Humanitarian workers are returning to Sittwe after Travel Authorizations were granted by the Government and a number of visits to camps have been conducted. A gradual scale-up of humanitarian operations is expected over the coming weeks ahead of the rainy season. UN agencies and INGOs continue to work with national authorities to meet the urgent needs of vulnerable communities, including food, water, sanitation, nutrition and health services.
Source: OCHA Myanmar

SOLOMON ISLANDS

As of 25 Apr, around 8,500 people remain displaced in 14 evacuation centres in Honiara and other areas of Guadalcanal Province. A joint multi-agency assessment is nearly complete in areas of return in Honiara, with approximately 246 houses destroyed and 50 damaged. There are increasing cases of diarrhoea, acute fever and rash, influenza-like-illness and dengue. Water sources remain contaminated, with an estimated 25 per cent of wells needing repair in Honiara, while others need to be cleaned and chlorinated. Preliminary Humanitarian Action Plan funding requirements for 68 response activities across seven clusters total US$24 million, with unmet funding of $21 million. An UNDAC team has begun an assessment of a gold mine tailings dam and found water levels are high. Water samples were taken on 24 Apr to determine if water could be safely released. The team will continue assessment activities into the first week of May.
Source: OCHA ROP - Situation Report #5

NORTH WEST PACIFIC

Tropical Depression Six-14, located south east of Guam, has a maximum wind speed on 138km/h and is not expected to make landfall.
Source: OCHA ROAP/GDACS

Ongoing Emergencies

  • Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan
  • Philippines: Bohol Earthquake
  • Philippines: Zamboanga
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