Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (30 December 2014 - 5 January 2015)
Tropical Storm Jangmi formed in the east of Mindanao on 28 Dec, intensifying as it made landfall in Hinatuan municipality, Surigao del Sur province (Region XIII), on 29 Dec. The storm made a total of five landfalls and then weakened into a low pressure area as it passed south of Palawan and exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the early morning of 2 Jan. Jangmi affected about 486,900 people across seven regions (IV-B, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and XIII). The death toll stands at 54 with 40 injured and 7 missing.
While some evacuees have begun returning home, over 77,400 people remain inside 187 evacuation centres. Over 390 houses were destroyed while around 1,190 sustained partial damage.
486,900 people affected
54 people killed
National and sub-national authorities continue to provide assistance including food packs, non-food items, mosquito nets and blankets, as well as medicine and hygiene kits. A total of P27,591,700 (US$614,800) worth of relief aid was provided.
As of 2 Jan, the situation across flood-affected areas in Peninsular Malaysia has improved including in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Perak states. According to the Government, almost 45,100 people remain displaced, most of them in Pahang, and 16 people were killed, most of them in Kelantan. Heavy rainfall in Sabah caused river overflows and displaced an additional 100 people. Heavy localised rainfall is predicted to continue.
The Government of Malaysia is leading the response and providing food and water, emergency shelter and mosquito nets with the support of the humanitarian community.
45,200 people displaced
As of 5 Jan, the Disaster Management Centre reports an estimated 1.1 million people were affected by floods, landslides and high winds since 19 Dec 2014 in 22 of 25 districts. There were 39 deaths reported with 20 people injured and 2 people missing.
1.1 million people affected
39 people killed
Currently, 30,654 people are living in 230 safety centres in 17 districts. Over 6,400 houses are reportedly fully destroyed and an estimated 18,537 houses partially damaged. The flood situation is gradually being normalised and partners on the ground report that those living in safety centres or with host families have begun to return home. The Ministry of Disaster Management is taking necessary steps to pay compensation for property damages.
A UNDAC/UNEP team deployed to Bangladesh to undertake assessments and provide expert advice on clean-up operations after the oil spill affecting Sundarbans Shela River ended its mission on 2 Jan.
The team presented its findings and recommendations to the Government.
Based on the mission’s observation, there is limited immediate environmental impact.
Efforts by local communities, the Government, as well as timely tidal variations minimised the penetration of oil into the ecosystem. Recommendations include monitoring to determine the effect of the residual oil and its impacts on fisheries and livelihoods.
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