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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (25 July - 1 August 2016)



Since the end of June, floods - triggered by heavy rains, Typhoon Nepartak and other severe weather – have affected 243 million people across 20 provinces. As of 28 July, 417 flood-related deaths had been recorded, with 162 people still missing. The China National Commission for Disaster Management and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have launched 16 Level IV national responses and deployed 17 teams across the affected areas. No international support has been requested. On 1 August, Tropical Storm Nida developed into a Category 1 typhoon. Forecast models indicate that the storm is likely to hit Hong Kong or the southern coast of Guangdong province. The HKO has issued a strong winds advisory and warned that the storm may trigger storm surges or flooding in low-lying areas.


Torrential monsoon rains over the past week have caused severe flooding in the states of Assam,
Bihar and West Bengal. As of 29 July, over 3 million people have been affected across the three states. Assam, with 1.7 million people affected, is the worst hit, with 310 relief camps hosting 147,000 people. While flood waters are beginning to recede, some areas of Sapaul District in Bihar remain at risk of secondary flooding due to rain water coming downstream from Nepal. Local authorities supported by the National Disaster Response Force continue to lead the response operation. No international request for assistance has been made.


On 31 July, Tropical Storm Nida made landfall in northern Cagayan province. As of 1 August, nearly 4 million people were affected and 8,300 people displaced, with 460 people sheltering inside 11 evacuation centres. No casualties have been reported. The DSWD provided relief assistance to the displaced families.


Since the beginning of the monsoon season around mid-June, nearly 8,600 families across 49 districts have been affected by floods or landslides. As of 28 July, floods and landslides have killed 88 people, displaced about 5,300 families and destroyed 530 houses. As the weather improves, people have started returning to their homes. Local authorities supported by the Nepal Red Cross and local organizations are responding to the immediate needs of affected communities.


As of 31 July, about 1.5 million people across 18 districts have been affected by floods. Authorities confirmed 14 deaths and nearly 7,400 people are in 69 cyclone shelters. The Government allocated food and cash grants as immediate support.


As of 29 July, 15,000 people were displaced due to monsoon flooding in Sagaing, Mandalay, Magway,
Kachin and Chin. The Relief and Resettlement Department is providing assistance to affected communities but is facing logistical challenges due to limited road access and flooded rivers in some areas.


Since 21 July, monsoon rains and flooding across Bhutan have affected 125 households across 18 districts. Four deaths (including one child) were confirmed by authorities. The floods damaged major road networks isolating villages and disrupting the flow of essential supplies. On 30 July, traffic along the Thimphu-Phuentsholing Highway (the country’s main supply route) was restored.


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