Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (21 - 27 March 2017)
An estimated 18 million people (about 72 per cent of the total population) across DPRK continue to suffer from food insecurity and undernutrition, as well as a lack of access to basic services. To meet the urgent needs of the 13 million most vulnerable people, the Humanitarian Country Team developed the 2017 Needs and Priorities plan calling for US$114 million to provide critical life-saving assistance.
13 million people targeted for assistance
Since October 2016, over 70,000 people crossed from Rakhine State (Myanmar) to Bangladesh. No new arrivals to Cox’s Bazar were reported over the past week. Humanitarian partners continue to distribute NFI kits, tarpaulin and ropes, and water purifying filters in refugee camps and makeshift settlements. WFP is conducting rapid food security assessments. As of 15 March, around 17,000 households received assistance from Malaysian relief donations.
70,000 people crossed from Myanmar since Oct. 2016
An unknown number of people remain internally displaced inside northern Rakhine State following the 9 October attacks and subsequent security operations, although local authorities are reporting that the majority of the estimated 20,000 people who were internally displaced have now returned to their villages of origin. Most international humanitarian staff is still not being allowed to work outside of the main centres of northern Rakhine.
Between 20 and 24 March, a series of armed encounters between the military and the New People's Army in the municipalities of Tampakan (South Cotabato province), Antipas (North Cotabato province) and Kalamansig (Sultan Kudarat province) displaced an estimated 2,600 people. About 2,300 people remain in four evacuation centres, while the rest are staying with relatives or friends. Municipal and provincial authorities in partnership with local NGOs have provided assistance to the displaced people.
2,600 people displaced
Tropical Cyclone Debbie is forecast to strike the coast of Queensland as a category 1 cyclone on 27 March. Media reports that more than 3,500 people have been evacuated in advance of the storm.5