Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (30 October - 5 November 2018)
Typhoon Yutu (locally known as Rosita) exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility on the afternoon of 31 October. As of 5 November, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reports 11 deaths due mostly to landslides and flooding.
Over 65,000 families (more than 254,000 people) were affected in over 1,300 barangays in northern Luzon, and over 7,900 homes damaged in Regions I, III, III, VIII, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
The path of Typhoon Yutu is similar to Typhoon Mangkhut, which hit the region six weeks ago and caused serious damage to agricultural crops, houses and schools due to flooding and landslides.
Initial reports indicate that rice and high value crops were affected, with an estimated volume of production losses of more than 7,000 metric tons.
254,000 people affected
The total number of people verified as being displaced by conflict in 2018 now stands at 282,000.
Meanwhile, last week, humanitarian actors in the west of the country undertook a verification exercise in displacement sites in the three provinces of Herat, Badghis and Ghor to re-confirm the number of drought-induced displaced.
According to the verification results, a total of 223,000 people are estimated to be displaced, of which 148,000 are in Herat, 70,000 in Badghis and 5,000 in Ghor province. During the past week, approximately 158,000 people affected by conflict and natural disasters including drought and returnees received humanitarian assistance.
282,000 displaced by conflict
Armed clashes and displacement of civilians continue to be reported in a number of areas in Shan State since late October. On 2-3 November, fighting between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) and the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) in Hsipaw Township temporarily displaced some 1,000 people, bring the number of people displaced by fighting in Hsipaw and Lashio townships since 26 October to more than 2,800. As of 5 November, most of the displaced people were able to return to their places of origin. A number of landmine incidents with civilian casualties have also been reported.
2,800 people displaced since 26 Oct
On 3 November, heavy rains with strong winds hit Bojonegoro District in East Java Province.
BPBD reported that one person was injured and a number of houses were damaged by the winds and rain. On the same day, continuous heavy rains for three hours in Banjarnegara District,
Central Java Province, triggered floods and fallen trees in Merden and Danareja villages. BPBD reported that flood water of up to 50 cm inundated farms and plantations as well as some residential areas. Electricity was cut off in some of the affected areas and there were no reports of any casualties.