Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (3 - 9 April 2018)
Papua New Guinea
As of 5 April, more than 8,000 households – 43,000 people - remain displaced following the earthquake that struck on 26 February. The displaced people are located across 44 locations and care centres. It is possible these figures may change as further earthquake affected locations are assessed. Many of the displaced will not return home and communities are in the process finding alternative areas for them to relocate to. Community leaders and land owners have reportedly started negotiating land for the displaced families, to be completed through traditional land and family ties. In earthquake-affected areas, 80 per cent of health facilities are now open, although in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces 19 are reportedly severely damaged and 47 have no water. Many health workers have been affected by the earthquake and also require assistance, including psychosocial counselling.
43,000 people remain displaced
As of 8 April, Tropical Cyclone Keni continues to move in a south-easterly direction at a speed of 120km/hour towards Fiji and Tonga. The system is intensifying and anticipated to develop into a Category 1 cyclone, and is likely to pass to the southwest Fiji on 10 or 11 April. Heavy rains and strong winds are expected which may cause damage to buildings, crops and cause power outages. Flooding, especially in low-lying coastal areas, and landslides are also a risk.
Since the beginning of 2018, 58,500 people have been displaced by conflict. The provinces hosting the highest number of internally displaced people (IDPs) remain Kunduz (13,600 IDPs) and Takhar (5,700 IDPs.) In the past week, families were displaced within Daykundi Province, normally considered to be relatively calm and which only produced 325 IDPs in the whole of 2017.
One new polio case was confirmed in the past week in Kunar Province, bringing the total number of confirmed polio cases in Afghanistan to seven in 2018. The affected child is living in an area that is difficult for vaccination teams to access.
58,500 people displaced
On 6 April 2018, Mt. Sinabung in North Sumatera Province which is currently at Alert Level 4 (Danger), spewed volcanic ash and pyroclastic materials 5,000 meters into the air. A hot pyroclastic cloud also spread up to 3,500 meters to the south and east of the volcano.
Heavy rains and whirlwinds affected 17 areas of Sukabumi City on 4 April 2018, injuring two people. On 7 April, heavy rains in Bogor District triggered flashfloods and landslides damaging seven houses and one bridge, and causing the death of one person.