Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (11 -17 July 2017)
Monsoon rains have triggered flooding across 11 districts in northeastern Bangladesh, affecting at least 1.3 million people as of 16 July. NGO partners report that vast areas of Moulvibazar and Sylhet remain under water affecting agricultural livelihoods. The Government has released cash grants and distributed food to the affected districts.
Since the outbreak of conflict in Marawi City (Lanao del Sur province) in May, an estimated 522,700 people have been displaced according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). As of 16 July, DSWD reported that 87 evacuation centres continue to host nearly 27,000 people while 438,700 people are with host families or in other temporary shelters. In Iligan City, the Protection Cluster has identified at least 16 informal evacuation camps hosting about 4,500 people. The Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster led by DSWD is scheduled to visit the sites and assess their needs.
On 17 July, Tropical Storm Talas made landfall in the provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh in central Viet Nam. At least one person has died and 10 are still missing according to media sources. At least 2,700 houses were damaged. Talas has weakened into a low pressure area as it continues to move inland towards Lao PDR. The northern and central regions of Viet Nam are expected to continue to experience heavy rains with risks of flooding until around 18 July.
Since early July, heavy rains and floods were reported across India (Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Uttarkand, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa states). In Assam State alone, state disaster management authorities reported that over 1.7 million people have been affected as of 12 July. Media sources reported that at least 150 people have died nationwide due to the floods. About 1,300 National Disaster Response Force personnel have been deployed for the relief operations along with the Indian Armed Forces. The response continues to be led by national authorities. International assistance has not been requested.
Since 1 June, 37 of the 75 districts in Nepal have been impacted by floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains. Solukhumbu and Palpa districts were particularly affected by the combined effects of flooding, landslides and heavy monsoon rains. To date, authorities confirmed at least 34 deaths. The Government has provided cash grants to families in Saptari District whose houses were destroyed by the floods. A rapid needs assessment is ongoing in Saptari.
As of 14 July, more than 19,000 people have been temporarily displaced in the Sagaing and Magway regions due to monsoon season floods, with thousands of people affected. Four people are reported dead and over 180 schools in Sagaing are closed. The Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) and the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) are providing food, drinking water, NFIs and hygiene kits to the displaced families. OCHA and humanitarian partners are conducting a mission to flood affected areas on 17 July.
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