Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (6 - 12 February 2018)
Tropical Cyclone Gita passed Samoa on 10 February and Niue on 11 February, with damage and localized flooding reported in Samoa. TC Gita is forecast to strike Tonga on the evening of 12 February. As of 12 February, 12:00 UTC, TC Gita continues to move west as a Category 4 cyclone with winds of up to 213 km/h, it is expected to maintain this intensity as it passes over Tonga and into Fijian territorial waters. More than 80,000 people in Tonga are currently expected to be impacted by cyclone strength winds.
Armed clashes between the Myanmar Military and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in Shan State last week displaced more than 870 people from villages in Hseni and Kutkai townships. Local authorities, the Government Disaster Management Department, civil society organizations, and NGOs provided initial humanitarian assistance including food, clothes, hygiene and dignity kits, however, more winter items are still needed.
In Kachin State, most of the 5,000 people who had been trapped in conflict-affected areas in Tanai have been evacuated to safe areas. Local authorities and humanitarian organizations provided evacuees with food, clothes, healthcare and transportation to return to their places of origin. In Sumprabum Township of Kachin State, some 900 people who fled fighting in late January remain displaced, sheltering in a forest in makeshift shelters. Humanitarian access to both Tanai and Sumprabum areas remain highly restricted.
900 people remain displaced
As of 10 February, 88,500 people from 61 barangays have been displaced due to the Mayon Volcano, with most people staying in emergency centres. The Mayon seismic monitoring network recorded 108 volcanic related earthquakes as of 11 February that resulted in lava fountains.
The Department of Agriculture has provided farm supplies and materials to 10,500 affected farmers. Medical missions and psychosocial activities, as well as food and non-food items, are being delivered at the emergency centres for displaced people.
88,500 people displaced
Tropical Storm Sanba-18 (Basyang) is expected to make landfall in the Caraga region of Philippines on 13 February, with wind speeds of 74 km/h. As of 12 February, the storm had slowed down and continues to track in a West-Northwest direction towards the east of Mindanao.
Heavy rains and landslides are possible in affected areas, with a tropical cyclone warning signal #2 raised over Surigao del Sur.
On 6 January, prolonged heavy rains in Bogor in West Java triggered landslides in four spots on the road from Salak Mountain, Bogor to Jakarta. Four people are known to have died. Flood waters moving downstream from Bogor to Jakarta also caused flooding in East Jakarta, South Jakarta and West Jakarta. 6,500 displaced people were provided with support at 31 designated IDP points across the city. From 8 to 9 February, heavy rains in Banjarnegara District,
Central Java Province, and in South Minahasa District in North Sulawesi Province also caused landslides.