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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (8 - 14 December 2015)

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Flood waters are receding in the six flood affected districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, where public transportation service has resumed. The floods affected about 3 million people including 1 million children, damaged over 116,000 houses and 92,000 hectares of farmland, with over 400 fatalities. The government plans to construct 50,000 – 70,000 temporary houses for people rendered homeless. The estimated cost to India’s economy is $3 billion.

1 3 million people affected

116,000 houses damaged


Tropical Cyclone Melor (Nona) made landfall over the province of Northern Samar on Monday afternoon, 14 Dec. Heavy to intense rainfall is expected within the storm's 300-km diameter. While the rains are predicted to alleviate he El Niño-induced droughts and dry spells, the NDRRMC warns that 51 areas in Regions V and VIII are highly susceptible to flash floods, landslides, and flooding if they experience more than 100 mm of rain. The Government has not called for international humanitarian assistance.

200 people displaced


Since late November fighting has continued between the Ta'ang National Liberation Army and the Shan State Army/the Restoration Council of Shan State near Mong Wee village in Namkham Township, northern Shan State. Around 200 people are displaced. Local community members are providing meals and basic food supplies.

200 people displaced


The Department of Meteorology forecasts higher than normal amounts of rain all over the country in the coming weeks. The National Building Research Organisation, warns that as a result of the rains, there is a risk for large-scale landslides. Specifically, over 6,000 high-landslide-risk locations have been identified in Central Province and Sabaragamuwa Province. The Disaster Management Center, through an analysis of historical data, has issued a warning that over 1,100,000 people could be affected by the heavy rain and subsequent floods. I/NGOs are leading emergency response preparedness efforts in the country. They initiated joint-planning and are now in the process of ensuring joint procurement processes to preposition some NFI stocks in the areas that might be worst affected. UN agencies have also mobilized support that might be needed to complement the GoSL efforts: tents and tarps (WHO and IOM); chlorine tablets (UNICEF).


Flooding from 8-13 Dec has affected around 21,000 households (78,000 people) and dozens of bridges in several districts in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province. Local authorities have reported no casualties, and have provided relief assistance to those displaced. Flooding has also inundated thousands of houses in several districts in North Sumatra Province on 8-10 Dec.

78,000 people affected

Mount Bromo in East Java continues its volcanic activity, causing the closure of the airport in Malang since 11 Nov. The alert level was increased to Level III on 4 Dec. The Indonesia Government conducted an inter-agency meeting on 8 Dec to strengthen preparedness planning, including evacuation routes and signs, temporary shelters and command posts

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