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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (13 - 19 November 2018)

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INDIA

Cyclonic storm Gaja made landfall between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu on Friday, 16 November causing widespread damage in the area. After hitting Tamil Nadu’s delta region, the cyclonic storm moved westwards, leading to heavy rain in southern parts of the state and parts of central Kerala. As per the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (TNSDMA) 82,000 people were evacuated from the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and sheltered in 471 relief centres in six districts. To date, 45 deaths have been reported in Tamil Nadu. The Government response is ongoing with nine National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, deploying to the affected areas.

82,000 people evacuated

VIET NAM

Flash floods and landslides due to heavy rains from tropical depression Toraji have killed at least 12 people in Khanh Hoa province, central Viet Nam. Villages were destroyed and roads washed away as the tropical storm blew in from the South China Sea over the weekend. According to media reports, the government mobilized hundreds of troops to search for the missing and evacuate people from affected areas. Toraji is the eighth tropical storm to hit Viet Nam. There has been no call for international assistance.

12 people dead

MYANMAR

More than 550 people have been temporarily displaced in Shan State since 10 November following armed clashes. Local authorities, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), and international and national NGOs provided food and other relief items to displaced people sheltering in monasteries and other temporary sites.

550 people temporarily displaced

On 16 November, a boat with over 100 people on board disembarked near Yangon after running into engine difficulties. The passengers reportedly are Rohingya who had departed from Sittwe, Rakhine State, and were likely heading to Malaysia or Indonesia.

PHILIPPINES

Disaster management authorities are preparing for the approach of TD 33W (known locally as Samuel). Samuel is expected to make land fall in Surigao del Norte province,
Mindanao on the evening of 20 November. Samuel currently has maximum sustained winds of 55 km per hour and gustiness of up to 65 km per hour, and could intensify into a tropical storm before making landfall. Twelve areas in Mindanao and Visayas have been placed under storm warning signal number 1, with estimates of at least 1.4 million people being exposed. National and local disaster management councils have activated their respective response preparedness measures in anticipation of the storm’s effects. Samuel could become the 19th tropical cyclone to enter the Philippines this year.

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