Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (30 June - 6 July 2015)
Heavy rainfall across West Bengal caused landslides killing an estimated 40 people with many still missing.
Continuing rainfall is impeding relief efforts as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) attempts to carry out rescue efforts.
There is a shortage of food and safe drinking water in the affected areas.
40 people dead
The NDRF is working alongside national disaster teams at the landslide sites. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue up to 9 Jul.
According to the Government’s Emergency Operation Centre, the flood situation affecting Rakhine State, Tanintharyi Region, Kayin State, Ayeyarwaddy Region and Bago, is improving.
The Government has led the emergency response, including the distribution of relief items and provision of medical care. As of 4 Jul, the Relief and Resettlement Department reported 7 deaths and over 14,000 people affected across the country. Rakhine State is the most seriously affected with 114 homes destroyed in Ann Township. In other townships, people who were temporarily displaced by the floods have returned home.
Following recent flash floods and landslides in the south east the Government provided support to affected families with the distribution of rice and cash. A Core Assessment Group will lead a Joint Needs Assessment from 29 Jun to 15 Jul in 8 upazillas in Cox's Bazar, Bandarban and Chittagong districts.
Existing agency field presence will collect data to complement information gathered from the Government.
DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLUC OF KOREA
A long period of abnormally dry weather has led to lower agricultural production, reduced access to water for drinking and irrigation, leading to a deterioration of health, nutrition and sanitary conditions
At least four people were killed and more than 48 injured by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in China's Xinjiang region, according to state media. The US Geological Survey reports the quake struck at a depth of 20km near Hotan city and followed by a series of aftershocks. Officials report over 3,000 houses and buildings were damaged. Media reports that Government will send 1,000 tents and other relief.
3,000 houses damaged
Moderate to heavy rains caused by an Intertropical Convergence Zone affected over 122,000 people in six provinces of Mindanao. As of 2 Jul five people have died, eight injured and over 65 houses damaged.
NORTH WEST PACIFIC
A series of weather systems are affecting the north west Pacific.
Tropical Storm Nangka passed close to the Marshall Islands brought high swells, dislodged roofs and caused power outages to Majuro. Unconfirmed reports from IOM indicate around 200 people were displaced in Wotje atoll and moved into schools.
Forecasts predict Tropical Cyclone Chan-Hom will reach the coastal areas of eastern China on Jul 10. The China Meteorological Authority suggested preparedness measures by local authorities.
Tropical Storm Linfa produced heavy rainfall over the northern Philippines. No major damage is reported. Linfa will creep slowly northward toward Taiwan, bringing more heavy rain this week
Tropical Cyclone Raquel passed over the Solomon Islands on 5-6 Jul bringing heavy rain and landslides.
The storm damaged at least 80 houses and washed away bridges. The National Disaster Management Authority is managing the response. Damage assessments are now underway.
In the next three months, there is an extremely high chance of below normal rainfall in Indonesia and Malaysia. Papua New Guinea and western India are also likely to receive less rainfall than average. Meanwhile above average rainfall is likely across the Pacifc, in particular Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu.
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