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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (20 - 26 March 2018)

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA

According to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), 6,444 households (34,153 people) are displaced in 39 communities and informal care centers. Almost 65 per cent of health facilities in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces are damaged and 32 per cent remain closed. To date, partners have reached 87 villages with food supplies in Hela, Southern Highlands and Western provinces.
Partners have distributed around 1,300 shelter and non-food items. As agencies start to scale up their operations, logistical and access challenges continue to make it difficult to reach the most remote villages in affected areas.

34,100 people displaced

AFGHANISTAN

Since the beginning of the year, 42,214 people have been displaced by conflict in 25 out of 34 provinces. The province with the highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) remains Kunduz with 13,615 IDPs, followed by neighbouring Takhar with 5,362 IDPs. Renewed cross-border shelling from Pakistan into Kunar Province has reportedly displaced some 3,000 people in Dangam District. The majority of those displaced have found shelter in the district centre. According to assessments by inter-agency partners, families fled their homes with only a few belongings and are unable to return to their homes as shelling reportedly continues.

42,200 people displaced

INDONESIA

Heavy rains caused flooding in several provinces in Indonesia.
The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported that, as of 22 March 2018, 3,267 people were affected by floods in two districts in West Sulawesi Province, with seven people injured.

On 22 March, Mount Ijen (Alert Level I) in East Java Province spewed concentrated sulphuric gasses with 30 people suffering difficulty of breath and vomiting. According to BNPB and PVMBG (Centre of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation).

178 people living close to the crater were evacuated as a precaution.

MYANMAR

Approximately 1,900 people remain displaced in Shan State following armed clashes between the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) since 10 March.
A total of 2,500 people have fled fighting in Kyaukme, Namhsan and Namtu townships. 600 people in Namtu have returned home since 20 March. The Department for Disaster Management, local community groups, and national and international humanitarian organizations have provided initial assistance to people sheltering in religious sites, including cash, food, blankets, mosquito nets, hygiene and dignity kits, as well as emergency mine risk education.

1,900 people displaced

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