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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (18 - 24 February 2020)

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A number of areas in Java have been affected by landslides and flashfloods following torrential rains over the past week, with local authorities providing relief assistance. A flashflood on 21 February on the Sempor River in Sleman District, Yogyakarta, killed ten girls involved in a school scouting activity. Another 238 students survived and 23 were injured. The Provincial Government reported that 45 organizations were mobilized in the search and rescue efforts. Following torrential rain in Bogor District of West Java, a landslide killed four people on 20 February. The city of Pekalongan in Central Java was inundated by floodwaters that reached up to two meters on 19-21 February. The local Government declared an emergency response phase covering 20-27 February and reported that 3,300 people were directly affected people, of whom more than 1,100 were temporarily displaced.

14 people killed in landslides and flashfloods


The ongoing conflict between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the Arakan Army (AA) has led to an upsurge of internal displacement in recent weeks. According to the Rakhine State Government (RSG), close to 57,000 people are now displaced across much of central and northern Rakhine State as of 19 February. Additionally, humanitarian actors report over 1,820 displaced people in Chin State. This makes a total of some 58,800 people now displaced in 135 sites since January 2019 in both states. This represents a 10 per cent increase in the number of people who have fled their homes in just over 10 days. Earlier on 8 February, the RSG had reported over 52,000 internally displaced people in Rakhine State. The conflict continues have a severe impact on the protection of civilians, with casualties reported on an almost daily basis. A single incident in Buthidaung Township on 13 February injured at least 17 children.

58,800 people remain displaced


The humanitarian response to the earthquakes in Mindanao continues. Over 214,000 people continue to be displaced due to the earthquakes that struck Davao del Sur and Tulunan, North Cotabato, in October and December last year. Some displaced people are unable to return to their homes and are awaiting permanent relocation because several communities have been declared as ‘no build zones’ by the Government. Local authorities are leading the response, providing food, shelter, and livelihood assistance, while in-country United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners are supporting the response with camp management, protection monitoring, shelter, education, WASH and health assistance.

214,000 people remain displaced

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