Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (9 - 15 October 2018)
As of 12 October, more than 2,000 people are known to have died and 680 people are still missing following the earthquake and tsunami in central Sulawesi on 28 September. A further 100,000 people have been displaced, including more than 18,000 people who have left Palu, while almost 80,000 people are living in displacement camps. The most serious damage occurred in areas affected by the tsunami and liquefaction, in these areas houses have been completely destroyed. In areas affected by the earthquake, houses are still standing however some families are still too afraid to return due to ongoing aftershocks. Search and rescue operations ended on 12 October, while the emergency response period has been extended for two weeks until 26 October.
Priority needs include clean water, sanitation and hygiene, further repair of infrastructure and public services, shelter, protection, including child protection and gender-based violence, and education.
Debris and damaged structures need to be cleared to reduce risk of further damage and accidents.
100,000 people displaced
A 6.4M earthquake struck East Java province on 11 October, leaving four people dead and injuring a further 36. More than 400 houses are reported to have been damaged as well as two schools, shops and mosques. The East Java administration said it would allocate Rp 23.7 billion to repair the houses. The earthquake was also felt in Bali and Lombok.
Four people dead
Cyclone Titli made landfall between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh early Thursday morning 11 October, disrupting road and telecommunications networks and the power supply. At least 24 people were killed, primarily due to landslides and flooding in Odisha, with several fatalities also reported in Andha Pradesh. In Odisha, according to the State Government, an estimated six million people have been affected, especially in Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts, where flooding remains serious. Around 9,000 houses were damaged in Andhra Pradesh. The Government has deployed several NDRF teams to support the State level response.
24 people dead
Heavy rain and thunderstorms caused flooding, wind damage and landslides in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar affecting at least 692 households and damaging over 234 shelters. Cumulatively since May 2018, the monsoon rains have affected at least 12,000 households and displaced over 6,000 people within the camps.
This year, 254,000 people were displaced by conflict and another 263,000 by drought. During the past week, more than 30,000 people affected by drought in Badghis received food or cash for food. Water trucking continued for more than 100,000 people in displacement sites in and around the provincial capital Qala-e-Naw.