Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (12 - 18 August 2014)
The 2 Aug landslide in Sindhupalchok is still blocking the Sunkoshi river.
Progress on releasing the water from the naturally created dam remains slow, with additional rainfall increasing the threat of flash floods further downstream. The number of deaths has increased to 156, with 476 people still displaced. The Government of Nepal is leading the response, including the distribution of food, shelter and medicines, with HCT support. Early recovery solutions urgently need implementing.
476 people displaced
Heavy rain since 13 Aug, has triggered floods across at least 17 districts. 89 people died, 39 people were injured and 128 people remain missing. Access along major roads, including the East West Highway, is limited. 5.220 houses are submerged and 428 houses have collapsed.
The Government of Nepal is leading the response and has set up a coordination hub in Nepalganj.
Humanitarian partners have strengthened their presence on the ground to support the delivery of food, water and medication. Logistics remain a major problem.
5,648 houses damaged or destroyed
On 16 Aug, relief efforts were ongoing after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Yunnan province on 3 Aug, killing 617 people, destroying 81,000 homes and affecting approximately 1.1 million people.
National, provincial, city, and county rescue teams have been deployed and the People’s Liberation Army, provincial firefighters, police officers and Civil society organisations including Red Cross China are participating in the disaster response.
1.1 million people affected
Northeast China is experiencing its worst drought in 63 years. Liaoning, Jilin, and Inner Mongolia are the worst affected areas. The drought is affecting more than 27.5 million people according to official figures.