Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (18 - 24 October 2016)
On 19 October, Category 4 Typhoon Haima (locally named Lawin) made landfall in Cagayan province. After landfall, the storm left a broad path of debris, causing flooding and landslides, and damaging about 46,000 houses. As of 24 October, authorities have confirmed eight fatalities and approximately 159,000 people remain displaced (38,000 people are staying inside evacuation centres and 121,000 people outside of evacuation centres). The Government is leading the humanitarian response and has declined an offer of international assistance.
On 18 October, Typhoon Sarika made landfall on China's southern island of Hainan as a Category 2 typhoon with torrential rain and winds of up to 162 km/h. Nearly 500,000 people were evacuated from coastal and low-lying areas. Just days later on 21 October, Typhoon Haima made landfall in Guangdong province as a Category 1 typhoon. Nearly 1.7 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haima, with some 668,000 evacuated ahead of the storm's arrival. No casualties have been reported. The provincial government provided relief goods to the affected communities.
Following days of torrential rainfall and high tides, at least 1,000 houses were flooded in coastal areas of Palopo City, South Sulawesi province on 21 and 22 October, affecting about 3,000 people. Flood waters also damaged around 250 hectares of rice fields and farm land. The local government provided basic relief assistance to the affected communities.
On 20 October, flooding due to tropical depressions Aere and Sarika affected over 131,000 households and temporarily displaced about 1,800 households in central Viet Nam. While local media reported that flood waters were receding, initial damage assessments indicate significant damage to agricultural land and livestock with impacts for the livelihoods of affected communities. The equivalent of US$67 million in damages were initially reported by authoritis. No international support has been requested. 4
Humanitarian partners estimate that between 10,000 to 15,000 people have been displaced from villages in northern Rakhine State since armed attacks on 9 October and the subsequent security operations. As of 24 October, there is no humanitarian access to these affected people. In addition, another 3,000 ethnic Rakhine people are also displaced and are currently staying at monasteries, schools and camps in the town centres of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Sittwe. WFP reports that 50,000 food-insecure people in Maungdaw, who normally receive assistance, cannot be reached and 65,000 children in Maungdaw and Buthidaung are not receiving WFP's normal school feeding support.5
On 21 October, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Tottori Prefecture. The quake caused 24 injuries and damaged 346 houses in Tottori and Okayama prefectures. As of 23 October, 655 people remain in 25 evacuation centres in Tottori due to fear of aftershocks. The Government continues to provide emergency support to the the most affected areas.6
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