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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (7 - 14 August 2018)



As of 6 August, 67 people had been killed, 128 injured and 222 houses damaged due to flooding as a result of heavy rains between 20 June and 5 August. Heavy rains, the overflow of water channels and high winds caused most of the damage to property and loss of life. The greatest number of fatalities have been reported in the Punjab province where 31 people have died, and 71 people have been injured.


As of 13 August, 45 districts in Cambodia have been affected by flooding, after flood waters flowed south from Lao PDR. Almost 70,500 families have been affected, including 7,150 families who have been evacuated from their homes. In addition, 21,400 schools and 4,100 health facilities have been impacted by the floods. Local government and NGOs are providing people with food, NFIs, health support and cash assistance.


On 10 August, members of the Taliban attacked Ghazni City, the provincial capital of Ghazni Province 150 kilometres south-west of Kabul with heavy fighting in the days following the attack. Critical infrastructure has been damaged, and communication networks and the electricity supply are currently down, resulting in water shortages. Markets and shops in the contested areas are currently closed.
Airstrikes within and outside of the city have been reported. Up to 150 civilians have reportedly been injured. Families have taken shelter in their houses and are unable to leave their homes, and food is running low. There are reports of families moving from their homes in the outskirts of the city to surrounding villages, while large numbers of civilians have also reportedly fled to neighboring Wardak Province.


As of 13 August, 437 people are known to have died following a 7-magnitude earthquake on 5 August and a 6.2-magnitude earthquake on 9 August, as well as a series of aftershocks on Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province. More than 353,000 people have been displaced from their homes, while 53,000 houses, 450 education facilities and 200 public facilities have been damaged. In North Lombok Regency 75 percent of settlements have destroyed or damaged.

The displaced people are spread across 195 evacuation sites in North Lombok, East Lombok, West Lombok and Mataram City. The economic losses as a result of the earthquake are estimated to be Rp.2 trillion rupiah (approximately USD 137 million).

During the last week the number of forest fire hotspots have been increasing in West Kalimantan Province. As of 14 August, 846 hotspots were reported throughout Indonesia with West Kalimantan reported as having the highest number of hotspots. Out of 846 hotspots, 173 are high-risk.


Monsoon rains, enhanced by Tropical Storm Yagi (local name Karding), have flooded Metro Manila and other parts of the country. As of 14 August, 173,000 people have been displaced in the national capital and regions I, III, IV-A, and CAR.

Approximately 102,300 people are staying in 253 evacuation centres while the rest are being hosted by relatives and friends.

Local governments are leading the response, providing food and non-food items, and health services. The Philippine Red Cross is also responding, providing water search-and-rescue teams to assist in local evacuations. The Philippines’ national weather bureau warned that moderate to heavy rains will continue to affect Metro Manila and surrounding areas until 15 August.


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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