Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (20 - 26 September 2016)
Since 18 September, torrential rainfall has caused flooding, mud flows and landslides in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. As of 22 September (09:00, UTC+8), 14 deaths were confirmed and nine people were reported missing while an additional 5,400 people were temporarily relocated. 81,000 people across 28 counties and 13 cities in the two provinces have been affected, including over 8,000 people who need immediate assistance. Local disaster management authorities have provided relief assistance to the affected communities.
81,000 people affected
Flash floods in Garut, West Java on 21 September caused 33 deaths, with 20 people still missing and over 6,000 people temporarily displaced. Government agencies, the Red Cross, NGOs and the private sector are providing clean water, food, NFIs, shelter and rehabilitating critical infrastructure. Flooding was also reported in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara and Sampang, East Java on 24 and 25 September which left 2,000 houses under water. Local authorities provided relief to the affected people.
6,000 people displaced
An estimated 4,000 people have been relocated to Hlaingbwe Township, Kayin State due to fighting between the Myanmar Army and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army splinter group. The State Government is leading the humanitarian response and has indicated that most needs including food, NFIs, education and health, are currently being met with the support of partners.
4,000 people relocated
CHINA / PHILIPPINES
Typhoon Megi is projected to make landfall in Taiwan Province of China during the early hours of 27 September as a Category 3 storm, after which it is anticipated to track towards southeast mainland China as a weaker storm bringing significant rainfall. As of 26 September (11:00, UTC+8), the eye of Typhoon Megi (locally known as Helen) was located about 500 km east of the municipality of Basco, Batanes, Philippines with maximum sustained winds up to 150 km/h near the centre and gusts up to 185 km/h. It continues to move towards the Batanes Group of Islands and Taiwan Province of China at 20 km/h. The outer bands of the typhoon are expected to bring heavy rains over Batanes. The Government has raised the tropical cyclone warning signal for the Batanes Group of Islands to no. 2 (anticipating 61 to 120 km/h winds in the next 24 hours with light damage possible for medium- to high-risk structures). Megi is forecasted to affect areas that were recently hit by Typhoon Meranti.