Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (30 July - 5 August 2013)
Exceptionally heavy seasonal rainfall has resulted in flooding in many areas of the country, with more than 48,000 people affected, mostly in North and South Pyongan provinces. Government reports indicate 33 deaths, 11,000 buildings damaged, 11,000 hectares of farmland affected, and 56km of irrigation channels destroyed. The Government is leading a humanitarian response with assistance from humanitarian partners. Source: UN Emergency Sit Rep No 2, 2 Aug 2013
Floods following heavy rainfall in Maguindanao Province, Mindanao from 21 July onwards have now affected 22 municipalities and nearly 250,000 people, according to the regional government. No deaths have been reported to date. Regional authorities are providing relief supplies and have requested additional food supplies from the national government. As of 5 August a low pressure area is expected to bring further moderate to heavy rainfall. Source: NDRRMC Sit Rep 2, 4 Aug; Weather Advisory 3, 5 Aug
As of 2 August, more than 38,000 people have been displaced by monsoon floods, predominantly in Kayin State but also affecting Mon, Tanintharyi and Rakhine States and the Ayeyawadi Region. In Kayin, 33,000 people have been relocated to 79 camps and newly displaced continue to arrive; Government reports indicate 245 schools closed and 30,000 acres of farmland inundated. The Government and humanitarian partners are delivering relief supplies, including food, medicines and NFIs. Sources: OCHA Flash Update 4, 2 Aug 2013 (with map of affected areas)
As of 5 August, the Government is reporting 36,000 reported cases of dengue fever in all provinces, including 77 deaths. Provinces in the far north-west, centre and far south of the country are worst affected. OCHA has released a US$100,000 emergency cash grant, and the UN is working on a CERF rapid response proposal for $800,000 to address the epidemic, which is expected to continue during the rainy season.
CHINA, VIET NAM, LAO PDR, THAILAND
Tropical Cyclone Jebi caused heavy rain in Hainan, Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, China from 2-4 Aug, with 57,000 people evacuated and 1,200 houses damaged. Northern Viet Nam was also affected by heavy rainfall on 3 and 4 Aug, with 4 people reported killed, 33 houses destroyed and some 2,000 others flooded or damaged, mostly in Quang Ninh. Floods and landslides were also reported in northern Thailand, with reports indicating at least 3 people killed, 12 injured, as well as rising river levels, damaged houses and power cuts.
Sources: Media, UN Country Teams
Following inter-communal violence at the border town of Tripura, north-east Bangladesh, around 1,500 Bangladeshi have sought refuge and protection in India. The India border guard (BSF) is providing them with food, water and protection.
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