Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (27 June - 3 July 2017)
According to the Government, drought conditions are affecting North and South Pyongan, North and South Hwanghae provinces and Nampo City. Reduced rainfall since January (30 to 80 per cent decrease compared to average) has been affecting agricultural crop production over an estimated 50,000 hectares of land. Affected areas have reported that yields of some crops are expected to decrease between to 30 to 50 percent compared to last year. On 27 June, UN agencies, IFRC and INGO members travelled to South Hwanghae province together with authorities to assess the impact of the drought. Many reservoirs, which are a critical source for communities’ water supply and irrigation, are reportedly well below capacity and in some communities, water is reportedly being trucked in from other areas.
Fighting between the military and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army that broke out on 23 June around Manlan and Pantaung villages in Namhsan township, northern Shan State, has displaced around 400 people to Lashio town, according to local NGOs and CSOs. An unconfirmed number of people may still be displaced in the conflict-affected area, where national and international organizations do not have access. Displaced people in Lashio are staying in monasteries and receiving assistance from authorities and local humanitarian organizations.
400 people displaced
As of 2 July, an estimated 389,370 people have been displaced by armed conflict in Marawi City (Lanao del Sur province). The Crisis Management Committee of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao reported that as of 26 June around 17,000 people remain inside Marawi City. A total of 79 evacuation centres in Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Misamis Oriental provinces are hosting 17,389 people, while the majority of displaced people are living in host communities. To date, over 7,400 displaced children have received nutritional supplements as part of an infant and young children feeding programme, and NGOs are providing nutri-biscuits and supplemental feeding programmes in Lanao del Norte and Sur. However, there are reportedly insufficient temporary learning spaces, school supplies and hygiene items available to meet the needs of approximately 86,000 displaced, school-aged children.
3 389,300 people displaced
On 2 July, Sileri Crater in Dieng mountaneous area (Banjarnegara District, Central Java Province) erupted, spewing lava and ash up to 50 meters in the air. The eruption injured four people out of 17 tourists around the crater area. The local government has provided support and requested residents and tourists to evacuate as a precaution.
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.