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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (31 March - 7 April 2015)

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As of 3 Apr, 166,000 people remain affected on 22 islands. 50,000 people received emergency shelter assistance, 20,000 received hygiene kits, and nearly 11,000 children were vaccinated against measles. Despite the provision of assistance across all sectors, needs remain, with an estimated 110,000 people are in need of drinking water. On 2 Apr Government-led teams completed a round of assessments to ascertain humanitarian and early recovery needs across several sectors. A Flash Appeal for nearly US$30 million remains 64 percent unfunded.

166,000 people affected

110,000 people in need of water


On 5 Apr a severe local storm affected 14 districts across the country. The storm killed at least 40 people, and injured nearly 300. Casualties were caused by collapsed homes, landslides, and lightning strikes. Bogra district is the worst affected. Reports indicate that nearly 92,000 families are affected, and that 29,000 homes are destroyed with another 70,000 damaged.
The Government is providing assistance.

92,000 families affected

29,000 homes destroyed


Typhoon Maysak weakened into a tropical storm as it made landfall on northern Luzon on 5 Apr. The storm affected 2,800 people in Isabela and Aurora provinces. There are no reports of casualties.


The Government and humanitarian partners continue to deliver food, water, medical supplies, and temporary shelter to the islands and atolls affected by Typhoon Maysak. The Ulithi atoll took the most direct hit from the typhoon, with the majority of homes destroyed and reports of significant damage to crops and infrastructure as well as contamination of food and water sources. The affected populations in Chuuk and Yap are highly reliant on subsistence farming and damage to crops was significant. School buildings were also damaged and classes in Chuuk are temporarily suspended. Power is being restored in Chuuk and the main Yap island, however the outer Yap islands are still without power. The dispersed nature of the affected communities across many small islands and atolls – spanning hundreds of kilometres – will increase the complexity of the humanitarian response.
At the request of the Government, OCHA deployed a five-person UNDAC team to provide support in response coordination, assessments, and information management. IOM and the Micronesia Red Cross Society are also supporting the Government with logistics support, humanitarian coordination, and needs assessments.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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