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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (9 - 15 April 2019)

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA

About 15,000 people are facing food shortages in Good Enough Island, Milne Bay Province, as a result of the impact of a tropical storm (later named Cyclone Trevor) on 15-16 March. The storm destroyed at least 85 houses and has damaged a number of home gardens, including banana and sago palms that are used as sources of food by residents. Eight schools have suspended classes to allow for repairs to be completed on damaged classrooms. The island’s only telecommunications tower was also destroyed by the storm. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, a local church group provided 3.5 tons of rice and flour to affected communities and provided construction materials.

15,000 people facing food shortages

At least 2,150 people are affected by continuous monsoon rains in several villages in Yawar in Madang Province. The Ramu River has overflowed and flooded drinking water wells. Coconut and cocoa cash crops as well as household food gardens have been damaged. Three community schools have suspended classes.

2,150 people affected

PHILIPPINES

Cumulatively more than 51,500 people are displaced in three provinces of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. A majority (nearly 37,000) are in the province of Maguindanao, where law enforcement operations continue against a faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. In the province of Lanao del Sur, armed conflict between military authorities and remnants of a non-state armed group have displaced over 11,000 people as of 10 April. In the island provinces of Sulu, more than 3,500 people are still displaced due to law enforcement operations against the Abu Sayaff Group. The United Nations and humanitarian partners have provided food and relief items, but sustained humanitarian assistance is needed until communities who have fled can safely return home.

51,000 people displaced

INDONESIA

According to the Agency for Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck Banggai Islands in Central Sulawesi Province at 18:40 local time on 12 April 2019. The epicenter was shallow and located in Tolo Bay, 82 kilometres southwest of Banggai Islands, Central Sulawesi Province. The BMKG issued a tsunami warning and an evacuation took place in Banggai Islands District, where some 1,300 households were sheltered in four evacuation sites. The tsunami warning was lifted in the evening of the 12 April and most people returned home on the 13 April.

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