Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (7 - 14 February 2017)
At least 93,000 people are estimated to remain displaced as a result of the 9 October border post attacks and subsequent security operations in northern Rakhine State. In Maungdaw north, at least 24,000 people are internally displaced while an additional 69,000 people are estimated by the UN in Bangladesh to have crossed over the border. On 9 February, a ship carrying aid from Malaysia arrived in Yangon bringing relief items, water, and food, including 6,000 bags of rice for distribution to the affected people in northern Rakhine. Aid from Indonesia, including food and clothes, have already been distributed by the Government to some 99,000 people in Maungdaw north.
In Kayin State, an estimated 5,500 people remain displaced in Myaing Gyi Ngu village and several other locations near the Thai border in Hlaingbwe Township following violence in September 2016. Only a few have reportedly returned to their place of origin. The displaced people cite concerns about newly laid landmines preventing them from returning to their places of origin. Additional food, water, sanitation and hygiene support are needed.
During the past several days, heavy rainfall across various parts of Indonesia triggered floods and landslides. On 9 and 10 February, landslides in Bangli District in Bali caused 12 deaths and four injuries.
Flooding in (Bitung City) North Sulawesi and (Sumbawa District) West Nusa Tenggara provinces on 10 and 12 February also affected 45,000 people. Local governments in the affected areas provided basic relief items, with support from provincial and national authorities.
45,000 people affected
On 10 February (10:03 p.m. UTC+8), a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck 16 km northwest of Surigao City (Surigao del Norte province). National disaster management authorities reported at least four people were killed and over 200 people sustained injuries. As of 14 February, an estimated 1,800 families (9,300 people) remain displaced in Surigao del Norte. The earthquake damaged a total of 1,790 houses, of which 143 houses were destroyed. Local authorities are distributing relief items as they continue to conduct assessments. Temporary shelter, health services, water and food are priority needs.
9,300 people displaced
Active weather systems and tropical depressions affected several countries in the Pacific during the past week. In Fiji, heavy rainfall caused flash floods in low lying areas of Western Division which led to the temporary closure of several areas and movement restrictions in Rakiraki and Nadi. The media reported that people affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston still living in tents were affected. National disaster management authorities continue to monitor the situation.
In the Solomon Islands, rainfall across the islands caused temporary river flooding in parts of the capital city of Honiara. The National Emergency Operation Centre also reported that the provinces of Guadalcanal, Malaita, Western, Makira and Choiseul experienced heavy rainfall and flooding. While no major humanitarian impact was reported, authorities issued warnings for people to remain indoors and move to higher ground if necessary. The South Pacific cyclone season began in November 2016 and is forecasted to continue until April 2017.