Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (1 - 6 August 2018)
As of 2 August, flood waters in Attapeu Province had not yet receded, more than one week after the Xepien-Xenamnoyu hydroelectric dam burst following heavy rainfall due to Tropical Storm Son-Tinh.
Access challenges in the affected area persist, and the Government is continuing with search and rescue operations. Pakse and Wattay airports are being used for receiving relief items. Bilateral assistance has been provided by a number of Governments, as well as from the private sector, UN agencies and ASEAN. Urgent needs for water and sanitation facilities, shelter, environmental health management and food remain.
As of 3 August, flooding in Cambodia has affected 27 districts in nine provinces. Five people are known to have died. More than 40,000 families have been affected by the floods, including 3,575 families who have been evacuated from their homes, while more than 21, 000 houses have been damaged. The Government is leading the evacuation of people in flood affected areas, and is providing people with food and non-food items. The Red Cross is delivering food and materials to help people build temporary shelters.
On 5 August, a 7 Magnitude earthquake struck East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province. The epicentre was 15 km deep and 18 km north-west of East Lombok. A tsunami warning was put in place but was lifted at around 20:30 local time, with small tsunami waves (less than 20 cm) observed. As of 6 August, 82 people are known to have died and hundreds are missing; numbers may rise as search and rescue operations are ongoing. The earthquake was felt in Lombok Island, Sumbawa Island, Bali Island and the eastern part of East Java. Thousands of buildings are reportedly damaged and electricity in some areas has been disrupted.
Approximately 4,000 people arrived in Qala-e-Naw, Badghis, during the past week, reportedly displaced by drought from Muqur district. In Kunduz Province, more than 10,000 people have reportedly been displaced between different districts due to the drought. In drought affected areas, NGOs and UN agencies are providing assistance including cash for food, water trucking and food distributions. In Hirat alone, humanitarian partners have finalised cash distributions to more than 60,000 people affected by the drought.
Monsoon seasonal floods triggered by heavy rains continue to affect several states and regions in Myanmar. Since 9 July, a total of 152,000 people have been temporarily displaced and at least 17 people have died, according to the Government. In the past 48 hours, about 100,000 people have been able to return to their homes as water levels recede in some areas. As of 5 August, about 50,000 people remain displaced and 151 evacuation remain open. The Government continues to lead the response, in cooperation with state and regional authorities and with the support of national and international humanitarian organizations.
152,000 people displaced
As of 1 August, 77,170 people are still displaced due to Marawi crisis, and living in evacuation centers or in home-based settings, while almost 64,500 families have returned to their homes. There are currently seven transitory shelters set up, however, only four are presently occupied by IDPs. A total of 1,405 units have been turned over in Sagonsongan, Bakwit Village, Angat Buhay, and Bahay Pag-asa. The Government is providing social services and interventions for the IDPs, including IDP protection, relief assistance for Marawi Returnees, cash assistance, cash-for-work and employment assistance.