Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (8 - 15 August 2017)
Heavy rainfall across many parts of Nepal has caused severe flooding and landslides. As of 14 August, 66 people are known to have died and 35 people are missing. The Government of Nepal has reported that 27 districts have been affected with the southern Terai region most acutely impacted. Many affected areas are inaccessible, but the Ministry of Home Affairs estimates that hundreds of thousands of people have been affected. Rescue and relief efforts are currently underway, with the Government providing assistance, while Clusters have mobilized and begun delivering assistance under the coordination of the Government.
From January to 13 August 2017, nearly 193,000 people have been displaced by conflict in Afghanistan, up by 10,000 compared with the previous week [snapshot]. The largest caseload of displaced people – 62,000 people - live in the Northern and North-Eastern regions. Across the country, displacement has been reported in 174 of the 399 districts.
Fighting between the Myanmar Military and Kachin Independence Army erupted on 10 August near Kasung village in Moegaung Township, Kachin State, displacing over 1,000 people to Namti town, according to local NGOs. There are reports that the fighting has resulted in civilian casualties. Those displaced are staying at two church sites in Namti, where they are receiving food, drinking water and other relief supplies from local churches and NGOs, as well as from state authorities, the Myanmar Red Cross Society and the UN.
Flooding has affected the eastern, southern and northern regions of Bangladesh. As of 14 August, 12 deaths have been confirmed, including six children. An estimated 586,000 people in 356 unions of 20 upazilas have been affected. The Government has opened 973 emergency flood shelters, hosting an estimated 68,500 people. The waters of 23 rivers have risen beyond the danger line and further heavy rain and an increased risk of landslides is forecast for coming days. The Government has allocated 31 million BDT and 10,630 MT of rice to flood-affected districts. A joint Humanitarian Coordination Team working group, comprising UN agencies, Government and civil society partners, is monitoring the situation and working to support and complement the Government’s efforts.
On 13 August at 10:08am local time, an earthquake of 6.4 MW occurred 71 km southwest of North Bengkulu, at sea. The shake was strongly felt in North Bengkulu, South Bengkulu, and Lubuk Linggau District; and was felt to a lesser degree in Padang City, Kerinci District and in Tua Pejat, Mentawai Islands. As of 13 August, BNPB with input from BPBD (local authority for disaster management) reported no casualties or damage to buildings.
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