Around 4,000 people fled from their homes in Minbya Township in Rakhine State over the past week as clashes between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the Arakan Army continued in Rakhine and southern areas of Chin. Small-scale displacement was also recorded in other townships due to shelling and airstrikes during this period.
There have been fewer reports of civilian casualties than in previous weeks, with one civilian killed and three injured in Rakhine, according to public sources. This is a sharp decline compared to figures reported by the same sources in the first 10 days of April, which saw 48 civilian deaths and injuries in Rakhine and Chin states.
4,000 people newly displaced
FIJI & VANUATU
Humanitarian programmes continue to respond to the needs of people affected by Cyclone Harold. In Fiji, damage to crops and livestock is reported to be approximately FJD29 million and as of 10th May, a total of 610 people remain in 79 evacuation centres in the Central (8) and Eastern (71) Divisions respectively. Humanitarian response is continuing with emphasis on WASH, Food Security, Shelter and Health. In Vanuatu, the National Disaster Management Office has organized 12 shipments of food and non-food items (tents, tarpaulins, medical supplies, fuel) to affected areas since 10 April and a Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) of USD2.58 million was approved for live-saving activities to assist 109,000 people in need.
More than 277,000 people remain displaced in North Cotabato and Davao del Sur, six months after a series of earthquake struck several municipalities. According to evacuation centres managers, 47 per cent of these displace people are not able to observe physical distancing inside shelters due lack of space. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in evacuation centres yet, but many displaced people do not report symptoms for fear of being isolated. Food security and livelihoods are heavily affected by movement restrictions as displaced people working as farmers have difficulties transporting and selling their produce on local markets, while labourers and construction workers who rely on public transportation are currently unable to go to work.
277,000 people displaced
As of 11 May, a tropical depression named Ambo was located about 400km east of Mindanao and was moving in a northwest direction. The Philippines weather bureau forecasts TD Ambo to intensify into a severe tropical storm in the next 48 hours and is expected to make landfall over the Bicol Region on the evening of 14-15 May. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has announced that it has USD$23 million worth of relief assistance and has logistics assets on standby to deliver aid if needed.
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