Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (27 April - 4 May 2015)
Over one week after the earthquake hit, the government reports more than 7,276 people killed and over 14,362 injured. More than 190,000 houses completely destroyed and almost 174,000 partially damaged.
7,276 people killed
190,000 houses destroyed
Five logistics hubs were established in Deurali (Ghorka District), Dhulikel (Kavre District), Bharatpur, Pokhara and Birganj to expand field operations. In addition, two humanitarian hubs were established in Gorkha (west of Kathmandu) and Chautara in Sindulpachowk (northeast of Kathmandu) to support relief operations and coordination.
As of 30 Apr, over 6,000 people evacuated and relocated to temporary camps in the earthquake affected areas in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Miltary responders treated and transferred more than 1,300 people, erected over 500 tents, transported over 520 tons of disaster relief materials and distributed medical materials. Schools in Nyalam county are reopening.
6,000 people evacuated
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 128 km off the coast of East New Britain province on 01 May. A tsunami warning was issued and later lifted. A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the same region on 30 Apr.
The Papua New Guinea National Disaster Centre and East New Britain Provincial Disaster Office confirmed no casualties or damage to homes. The island lies on the 4,000-kilometre long Pacific Australia plate, which forms part of the "Ring of Fire," a hotspot for seismic activity.
The Tropical Cyclone Pam Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP), covering the period 01 May to 31 Jul, was finalised by the Government of Vanuatu with support of humanitarian partners. The HAP aims to meet the remaining life-saving and protection needs of 158,000 people in 23 islands and support the restoration of livelihoods while strengthening resilience and basic services.
158,000 people in need
At 28 Apr, around 49,700 people reached with water, sanitation, hygiene supplies and hygiene promotion messages. SMS messages on prevention of diarrhoea reached 140,000 people in Shefa and Tafea provinces.
Floods occurred in West Java, Banten, Southeast Sulawesi and East Kalimantan. In West Java, two floods resulted in one casualty and search and rescue efforts are ongoing for one missing person. In Banten, floods affected 1,238 families. Southeast Sulawesi, floods inundated 42 houses. Five sub-districts were inundated with flood waters up to 1 metre in East Kalimantan in. Local disaster management authorities conducted evacuations and assessments.
1 person killed
On 30 Apr 2015, an inter-agency mission delivered humanitarian assistance to people in Sa Par Seik village displaced by clashes in Kyauktaw Township Rakhine State in early Apr. The mission delivered non food items, blankets and school books. The government, military and civil society organizations have also provided food, medical and other assistance to those affected.
Other ongoing emergencies:
Philippines: Zamboanga crisis
Myanmar: Rakhine crisis
Myanmar: Kachin crisis
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