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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (14 - 20 August 2018)



As of 19 August, the worst flooding since 1924 in Kerala state has caused 361 deaths with 725,000 people displaced to relief camps. More than 233,179 people were evacuated and damage caused by the floods may total over US$2.84 billion. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) sent a total of 59 teams to rescue marooned people, the largest deployment by the NDRF in a single state. Helicopters have been dropping emergency food and water supplies across Kerala, while special trains carrying drinking water and rice have been sent to the state.

725,000 people displaced


On 19 August, a 7M earthquake struck Lombok, it was preceded by a 6.3M earthquake and was followed by a number of aftershocks. The epicenter was 30km northeast of East Lombok, and was 20 km deep. As of 20 August, ten people are known to have died and 24 people have been injured.
More than 150 houses have been damaged and widespread power outages have been reported. The earthquake caused a number of landslides and was felt across East Lombok, North Lombok,
West Sumbawa, Sumbawa Besar, West Lombok and Mataram City, as well as Bali, East Java and Makassar. Aircraft carrying relief from Jakarta and Malang have been dispatched. Lombok has been rocked by a number of significant earthquake since the 7M quake on 5 August which killed 460 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

10 people dead


From 17-19 August, Tropical Cyclone Bebinca caused flash floods and landslides in six Northern provinces of Thailand - Nan, Chiangrai, Lampang, Payao, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. More than 9,000 households have been affected. The Government at provincial level is leading relief operations together with Thai military and Thai Red Cross. The government is closely monitoring water levels in all dams and reservoirs, which are currently at 75 per cent of their full capacity, compared to 65 per cent at the same time last year.
In Viet Nam, TC Bebinca also caused flooding in the north of the country, resulting in the deaths of 10 people, as of 18 August. In Nghệ An Province alone, six people are known to have died. The cyclone affected Sơn La, Yên Bái, Thanh Hóa and Nghệ An provinces, where roads have been closed due to landslides.
TC Bebinca led to flooding in northern Laos, with impacts also felt in the south of the country. Heavy and consistent rain since 13 August has led to rising river levels in Attapeu province, where the hydro-electric dam collapsed less than a month ago. This is causing flooding and restricting access to Sanamxay, hampering the delivery of aid to areas affected by the dam collapse. Authorities are closely monitoring the level of the Mekong River and its tributaries.


As of 20 August, fighting in Ghazni city had ended with Afghan security forces continuing to man checkpoints in the city. Electricity and telecommunication services are reportedly operational again, but experiencing regular outages. The Ghazni ring road has reportedly been cleared of IEDs and reopened to civilian traffic. UN agencies have been delivering relief items including medical and nutritional supplies, 50 metric tons of food and generators.


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