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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (16 - 22 May 2017)

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Aerial surveys conducted by the Government of Vanuatu, show that the Torres Group of Islands in Torba province was the worst affected by Tropical Cyclone Donna which passed across the country as a category 3 cyclone. The National Disaster Management Office with aircraft support from France, Australia and New Zealand conducted rapid assessments and delivered relief supplies to augment pre-positioned stocks. Assessments indicate that there is sufficient food supply for two to three weeks, while shelter support is needed in Hiu Island. The NDMO is leading and coordinating the response.


Heightened tensions between different armed groups led to the displacement of some 300 people from five villages in Namtu Township, northern Shan State on 11 May. Those displaced are staying in a monastery in Namtu town, where they are receiving assistance from the Government and local community groups. In addition, close to 200 people from two villages in Maukmae Township, southern Shan, were displaced to a nearby monastery, where they are receiving basic assistance from the Government and civil society organizations.

500 people displaced


On 20 May, Mt. Sinabung, an active volcano, in Karo, North Sumatra province, erupted spewing volcanic ash up to 4 km in the air. While the latest eruption did not cause additional displacement, an estimated 2,900 people have been in internally displaced person sites since June 2015 and an additional 4,350 people are in other temporary shelters or host communities as a result of previous eruptions. People living close to rivers near the volcano were advised to take precautionary measures against potential hot lava flows. An alert level IV remains in effect for Mt. Sinabung in anticipation of additional eruptions.

7,250 people remain displaced


Over 100,000 undocumented Myanmar nationals (UMN) are currently hosted in three major makeshift settlements in Ukhiya and Teknaf (Cox's Bazar District) and an additional 50,000 people are residing in host communities. In late April, storms damaged shelters of UMN and partners have reported an increase in diarrhoea cases in Balukhali and Kutupalong settlements. WASH, shelter and health are priorities in preparation for the upcoming cyclone and monsoon season

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