Following the 6.5 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes which struck Kumamoto Prefecture on 14 and 16 April, an estimated 60,000 people remain in more than 600 evacuation centres. With the resumption of basic services, the number of the evacuees has decreased from 112,100 people last week. The Government has secured apartment units for 8,350 households as temporary accommodation. On 22 April, the Republic of Korea delivered food, bottled water and blankets, by sending two military aircraft to Kumamoto Airport.
The series of earthquakes caused 48 fatalities and over 1,400 injuries.
48 people killed
As of 20 April, an estimated 733,650 families (3.5 million people) have been affected by El Niño across the Philippines. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) updated the number of affected people based on most recent available information. To date, DSWD released US$14.8 million for food assistance and cash-for-work programmes.
3.5 million people affected
Across five municipalities (Lautém, Viqueque, Baucau, Covalima and Oecusse) severely impacted by El Niño-induced drought, an estimated 120,000 people require water and sanitation, food, nutrition, health, livelihoods and education support. The Government and the Humanitarian Country Team has developed an Emergency Response Plan seeking US$25 million to respond to the urgent needs of the affected communities.
Since 19 April, strong winds, hail and heavy rains have affected over 40 townships across Mandalay and Sagaing regions and Shan, Kachin and Chin states. Over 1,100 houses were destroyed and 11,600 houses damaged. As of 25 April, authorities confirmed 14 deaths and 18 people injured due to the severe weather conditions – these figures are expected to change as more information becomes available. In Kachin, strong winds destroyed internally displaced persons (IDP) shelter and camp structures.
14 people killed
1,100 houses destroyed
On 16 and 19 April, fighting reportedly broke out between the military and an armed group identified as part of the Arakan Army in Kyautaw and Rathedaung townships, Rakhine State. Village authorities confirmed that about 80 households (380 people) were displaced. Local authorities and the military provided rice and basic health care services to the displaced people.
From 23 to 24 April, Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Amos traversed just north of Samoa, avoiding a direct hit on the island nation of 190,000 people. Heavy rains triggered landslides in Upolu Island and floods in low lying coastal areas. Electricity and water supply was temporarily disrupted across the archipelago – power outages affected 70 per cent of the country. No fatalities have been reported.
70% of the country affected by power outages
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