Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (10 - 16 January 2017)
On 13 and 14 January, WFP distributed food to 4,690 people in villages of Maungdaw north which had been mostly inaccessible since the border post attacks in the northern part of Rakhine State three months ago. For about half of those reached, it was the first time they had received assistance since 9 October. Needs in Maungdaw north include food, blankets, cooking utensils, medical kits and shelter. The harvest has been severely disrupted and children are not attending school. As a result of the attacks and subsequent security operations, thousands of people, mostly Muslims, are believed to remain displaced inside Rakhine.
Around 3,900 people have been relocated from IDP camps in Kachin State amid intense fighting between the Myanmar Military and the Kachin Independence Army. A further 4,000 people have also been temporarily displaced by continued fighting between the Myanmar Military and ethnic armed groups in northern Shan. Two civilians, including a six year old boy, were killed and eight others injured when artillery shells landed in a village in Namshan Township in northern Shan on 12 January.
As of 13 January, 116 families (753 people) remain displaced as a result of Typhoon Nock-Ten, which hit the Philippines on 25 December, and damaged over 340,000 houses. In Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte provinces in Mindanao, an additional 438 families (1,931 people) remain in nine evacuation centres after having been displaced by Tropical Depression 01W. Local and regional authorities have provided relief assistance to the affected families.
As of 12 January, an estimated 66,000 new arrivals from Myanmar have arrived in Cox’s Bazar since October 2016. While the number of people crossing the border has reportedly decreased compared to previous weeks, movement towards makeshifts camps, adjacent areas and city areas have increased. Water and sanitation needs are increasing in the makeshift camps. Aid agencies continue to distribute food and non-food items to the new arrivals.
66,000 new arrivals from Myanmar
Severe winter conditions continue to affect an estimated 157,000 people (37,000 herder households) across 17 out of 21 provinces in Mongolia. A drought during the summer of 2016 has depleted herders’ reserves of hay and fodder in the eastern part of the country putting at risk livestock which are a vital source of food, transport and income for thousands of people. Multipurpose cash grants to support life-saving basic needs, emergency agricultural inputs and veterinary first aid kits have been identified as priority needs. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has established a task force (from January to May) to coordinate the response to the harsh winter conditions.
157,000 people affected