Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (4 - 10 October 2016)
REPUBLIC OF KOREA / JAPAN
From 4 to 6 October, Typhoon Chaba moved across the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan triggering flooding along coastal areas, and disrupting transport networks and electricity supplies for thousands of people. In ROK, the local media reported at least seven people were killed and nearly 200 people were evacuated to schools and community centres. On Jeju Island and in the southern cities of Busan and Ulsan, over 200,000 households lost electricity. No fatalities were reported in Japan. The ROK and Japan authorities provided relief assistance to the affected people.
7 people killed
An estimated 5,900 people remain displaced in Myaing Gyi Ngu village (Hlaingbwe Township, Kayin State) after fighting erupted in mid-September between the Border Guard Force, the military and a Democratic Karen Buddhist Army splinter group. People are expected to remain displaced for two to three months due to the presence of landmines and troops in their areas of origin. Kayin State authorities continue to lead the response and most needs are being met through local donations, including the construction of temporary shelters.
Since 1 October, tensions between the Tatmadaw and the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army have led to the displacement of almost 900 people in Mongkaing Township (Shan State). The people have been displaced from locations around Tone Law village, where they are now being accommodated in two monasteries. While immediate food supplies have reportedly been provided by local donors, the IDPs are reportedly in need of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, as well as non-food items.
As of 10 October, nearly 69,000 people remain displaced due to flooding in North Hamgyong Province which occurred in late August. Humanitarian agencies are providing relief supplies targeting 600,000 people in the six most affected counties, including food, nutritional support for children and pregnant and lactating women, temporary shelter and CGI sheets, health, WASH and education supplies. Cold temperatures are beginning to be felt in the flood-affected areas and are likely to drop below zero by November, and agencies need to scale up support for winterized assistance, particularly clothes for children and other NFIs. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated US$5 million to support the humanitarian response in the three worst impacted counties of Musan, Yonsa and Hoeryong City.
69,000 people displaced
An estimated 520,000 people across eight provinces (Eastern, North Central, North Western, Northern, Sabaragamuwa, Uva, Central and Western) remain affected by drought as of 9 October. With water shortages reported in several areas, local authorities are delivering potable drinking water in Eastern and North Central provinces and are implementing mitigating measures to prevent sea water from entering the Kalunganga River. Salt water intrusion could impact livelihoods if the situation deteriorates further. The national weather bureau has forecast that below average rainfall will continue throughout October.
520,000 people affected
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