Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (21 - 27 February 2017)
A CERF allocation of almost US$4.4 million has been approved to support the humanitarian response following the 9 October attacks and subsequent security operations in the northern part of Rakhine. WFP has begun a second round of emergency food distributions in Maungdaw north. As of 27 February, 23,700 people, most of whom are displaced, have been reached with food, while 22,700 have received nutrition support in this round. 279 displaced families were allowed to return to their villages in northern Rakhine last week. Distribution of assistance from Malaysia has begun in Maungdaw. Access and movement restrictions continue to undermine the quality of the life-saving services humanitarian organizations can provide.1
23,700 people reached with food assistance
A seasonal increase of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) has been reported in Cox’s Bazar among Rohingya communities who have crossed from Rakhine state, Myanmar. There is no evidence of a cholera outbreak, although this remains a concern. Health awareness activities are being strengthened in response. Partners have also observed a measles outbreak among children in Cox’s Bazar. Vaccination campaigns are taking place in camps and surrounding villages. On 23 February, UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee completed her mission to Bangladesh where she spoke to new arrivals and afterwards expressed particular concern about SGBV and child trauma.
As of 25 February, more than 30,000 people remain displaced by flooding in northeastern Mindanao, with most staying with relatives or friends. Surigao del Norte, which was also affected by the 10 February earthquake, still has 1,150 people displaced by flooding that are staying in evacuation centres. Local disaster management authorities continue to monitor the situation and provide assistance to those displaced.3
30,000 people remain displaced
Between 23 and 26 February, floods were reported in Aceh, and various locations in Java. An estimated 2,300 people are temporarily displaced following damage to their homes. Local governments are responding to the situation and have provided basic relief items. High levels of precipitation are predicted in Papua, Maluku and Sulawesi throughout March.4
2,300 people temporarily displaced
SOLOMON ISLANDS, VANUATU, NAURU
Following an outbreak of dengue in the Solomon Islands, 10,095 suspected cases have been reported across all 10 provinces of the country. Recent heavy rains may have exacerbated the situation as previous trends show a spike in reported cases following the wet season. Vanuatu has also experienced an increasing number of dengue cases, with over 1,700 reported. The majority of suspected cases are in Port Vila, however cases have also been reported in Luganville, Lenakel and Norsup. In Nauru, dengue has reportedly affected approximately 88 people, with one death reported.
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