Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (17 - 23 June 2014)
More than 225,000 Cambodian migrants, of which 74,345 are women and 15,232 children, have returned to Cambodia from Thailand in a massive exodus which started in the second week of June 2014. The Government of Cambodia, with support from UN agencies, including IOM, UNICEF, WFP and UNRCO, I/NGOs and Cambodian Red Cross, have assisted the returning migrants with immediate relief needs and onward ground transport to their home provinces over long distances. IOM has dispatched 35 buses to transport home nearly 5,800 migrants, with a focus on vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women, women with young infant children and accompanied family members. OCHA has approved an Emergency Cash Grant of US$20,000 for IOM to provide food and water to the returning migrants. Reintegration assistance, identification of victims of trafficking, family tracing to reunite with separated families, and infectious disease control appear to be critical responses needed for the coming weeks and months, according to the IOM Situation Report on 20 June 2014.
Source: OCHA, IOM
Tropical Storm Hagibis made landfall in Guangdong province on 15 June. Hagibis continued to affect south-eastern China with heavy rainfall on 16 June. According to the Chinese Government, 24 000 people had to evacuate in Guangdong and Fujian, and crops and houses were damaged.
Severe weather, including heavy rainfall, hail and winds, affected northern China from 16 to 18 June. Rainfall resulted in floods in Inner Mongolia, Qinghai, Gansu, Liaoning and Xinjiang, adding to the casualties and damage. As of 19 June, the Chinese Government reports 11 deaths throughout the affected regions.
Regency (Southeast Sulawesi) one person died on 15 June when they were washed away by floods. In Tanah Datar Regency (West Sumatra) a number of houses were damaged by strong winds on 14 June. In a village in Cariu district (Bogor Regency, West Java) a landslide, triggered by heavy rains, killed at least six people on 16 June. As of 17 June, three people were still missing.
Heavy rains have caused floods and landslides in Mindanao, southern Philippines. Flooding affected some 72, 450 people in Maguindanao province. Authorities have declared a state of emergency in Maguindanao and in some areas of neighbouring North Cotabato province.
According to the latest precipitation forecast, below normal rainfall is expected across Indonesia and parts of eastern Australia. Above average rainfall is expected across the northern Pacific.