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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (3 - 9 March 2015)

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PHILIPPINES

As of 5 Mar over 82,000 people are displaced due to continuing insecurity in the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao in Central Mindanao. This is an increase of about 12,100 people over the previous three days, according to the authorities of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). As of 4 Mar, over 64,000 people were staying in 48 evacuation centres across 12 municipalities, while others were hosted by relatives and friends. The situation along the border of the two provinces has stabilised.

82,000 people displaced

48 evacuation centres

On 5 Mar, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the ARMM led a Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis in the affected municipalities with the support of the Mindanao Humanitarian Team. Findings of the assessment mission will be shared in due course.

Local and national authorities with support of UN agencies, ICRC and NGO partners continue to assist the displaced families through provision of food, NFIs, WASH and health assistance and are pre-positioning additional relief goods.1

MYANMAR

Fighting continues between the Government of Myanmar Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and other armed groups in the Kokang self-administered zone, northeast Shan State. Due to insecurity, lack of access and continuing conflict, the number of people displaced to China and within Myanmar is difficult to verify. Chinese media has reported 30,000 people crossing into China, while some 13,000 people are estimated to have fled the Kokang region to other parts of Myanmar, according to local authorities. Those displaced in China or within Myanmar were provided with assistance. Assistance was provided by local authorities to those displaced in China and for internally displaced in Myanmar,
Myanmar Red Cross Society and local civil society organizations.2

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Heavy rainfall on 3 Mar caused river overflows in the provinces of Western Highlands, Central Highlands, Southern Highlands and Jiwaka.
As of 4 Mar, local authorities and local media report six people killed in the village of Polga in Jiwaka province, while a number of houses were destroyed throughout the affected area. In total, about 100,000 people were affected by the rainfall and floods.3

6 people killed

100,000 people affected

On 9 Mar, the National Weather Service issued strong weather warnings for areas south of Port Moresby. This system is responsible for continuous rain and gale force winds in the southern region from Daru to Samarai.4

SOUTH PACIFIC A severe tropical depression located north of Vanuatu and east of Solomon Islands is rapidly intensifying. Weather models predict it is likely to track southeastward and reach tropical cyclone category by the evening of 9 Mar after which it will be named Tropical Cyclone Pam.

As of 9 Mar, the Solomon Islands are experiencing heavy rains on the outer islands. The National Disaster Operations Centre reports that 38 people were evacuated in Malaita province and several houses and a bridge have also been submerged.

A response preparedness meeting with the Pacific Humanitarian Team was held on 9 Mar and partners are on stand-by to deploy.5

Other ongoing emergencies:

Philippines: Zamboanga crisis
Myanmar: Rakhine crisis
Myanmar: Kachin crisis

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