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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (28 June - 4 July 2016)



Torrential rainfall over the middle and lower Yangtze River during the past week exacerbated flooding in the surrounding areas. The most recent rainfall affected nearly 2.8 million people in 11 provinces (Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan). At least 14 deaths have been recorded and some 20 people are reported missing, with 120,000 people temporarily relocated due to the recent flooding.

With 40,000 people in need of immediate assistance, the Government of China launched a Level IV (national) emergency response, with emergency supplies delivered to the affected areas.
More rainstorms are forecasted to hit China's southern regions over the next ten days. Tropical Storm Nepartak, currently in the Pacific, is also expected to bring gales and downpours to eastern coastal areas in the coming week.

120,000 people temporarily relocated


Since 21 June, an Intertropical Convergence Zone has been affecting the southern Philippines causing heavy rain, floods and flash floods across several provinces. As of 30 June, 9,200 families across five municipalities in Maguindanao province were affected by floods. In Bukidnon province, flooding on 25 June, forced 37 families to evacuate. Flash floods in Cotabato province also affected 655 families. Local authorities have distributed relief to the affected families.

9,200 families affected in Maguindanao


Heavy monsoon rains on 1 July triggered flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand state, with Chamoli and Pithoragarh the most affected districts. As of 3 July, state authorities had confirmed 18 deaths and thousands have been stranded as the landslides blocked hundreds of roads.
State authorities requested people in low-lying areas to evacuate as a precautionary measure, and 160 disaster-affected families have reportedly been sheltering in temporary relief camps.
Despite incessant rains over the weekend, Government-led relief operations continued with teams from the National Disaster Response Force and various security forces. Restoration of electricity and water supply is ongoing.

18 people killed


On 3 July, 288 hotspots were detected in Sumatra and Kalimantan by satellite imagery analysis, and the national disaster management agency and local authorities continue to implement measures to quickly put out the fires. Initial data indicates that above average rainfall may be contributing to a lower haze level compared to 2015.
On 30 June, torrential rains triggered flooding in Pasuruan district, East Java province which affected more than 50,000 people. Two people were injured. Local authorities supported by the provincial and national governments provided assistance to the affected communities.

50,000 people affected by flood


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