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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (15 - 21 October 2019)

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On 16 October, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck at a depth of 8 km with an epicentre 22 km southeast of Tulunan, North Cotabato Province. The earthquake was felt in Cotabato and parts of Mindanao, causing seven deaths and injuring over 200 people. According to national authorities, as of 21 October, over 4,300 people have been displaced and more than 2,500 houses, at least 440 schools, and nearly 40 health facilities were damaged by the earthquake. The National Government is leading the response, assisted by the Philippine Red Cross and humanitarian partners.1

4,300 people displaced


Rains and widespread flooding due to the Southwest Monsoon continue to affect most areas in India and have resulted in the deaths of 1,800 people across 14 states since the season began, according to the latest report of the National Emergency Response Centre (NDMI), as of 13 October. The number of people displaced stands at more than 1.8 million people, with up to 11.6 million people affected.


The Government of Japan continues to focus on search and rescue operations as the death toll from the impact of Typhoon Hagibis rose to 52, with 16 people missing and 234 people injured.
All people who were isolated by landslides, flooding and damaged roads have been rescued. More than 80 per cent of the evacuees have returned home, with 4,400 people remaining in 188 evacuation centres across 13 prefectures in the Kanto-Koshin and Tohoku regions. The typhoon partially damaged or inundated 13,000 houses and destroyed 35 houses.

13,000 houses damaged or destroyed


A tornado struck the village of Sumberbrantas in Batu City, East Java Province, on the night of 19 October. One person was killed, a number of people were injured, and at least 20 houses were damaged. Public facilities including telecommunication and electricity networks also sustained damages. According to the local agency for disaster management in Batu City, 1,270 people were temporarily displaced due to the tornado. Local authorities have conducted rapid assessments, evacuated the affected people to displacement sites, and have provided basic humanitarian assistance.

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