Philippines + 3 more

Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (9 - 15 December 2014)

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TS Hagupit (local name Ruby) left the Philippines Area of Responsibility on 10 Dec. As of 14 Dec, Hagupit affected nearly 3.9 million people in Regions III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, CARAGA and NCR. Nearly 172,000 people are being assisted inside and outside 463 evacuation centers. 18 deaths were reported in regions IV-A, IV-B, VII and VIII. 916 injuries were reported.
The Government is responding to the situation, with in-country humanitarian organizations coordinating with the Government response mechanisms.

18 deaths

3.9 million people affected


Heavy rain on 12 Dec caused a landslide in Sampang Village, Banjarnegara District in Central Java.
The landslide killed 32 people and injured 16 others. 76 people still remain missing. The Government's search and rescue operations continued over the weekend and today. There are approximately 1,900 people displaced with severe damage to around 150 houses.
Those displaced are temporarily housed in 38 locations; in local government offices, schools and with host families. The Government has also responded with the establishment of a Rp 300 million (US$24,000) emergency fund. Non government organizations are also assisting with response efforts.

32 deaths

1,900 people displaced


Heavy northeast monsoon rain has caused landslides, high winds and floods in 15 of the 25 districts in the country. It affected around 47,000 people, with 9,500 people displaced to 73 safety centres. 24 houses were fully destroyed and nearly 180 houses were partially damaged due to floods and high wind. The Ministry of Disaster Management together with the district authorities are providing cooked meals to the displaced people. UNICEF provided 30,000 water purification tablets and 120 tarpaulin sheets for over 1,500 people in Mullaitivu district on request from the District Secretary.
Additionally, UNICEF is in the process of procuring 150,000 water purification tablets from Denmark to respond to the WASH needs of other flood-affected people.

47,000 people affected


On 9 Dec, a tanker carrying furnace oil sank in a Sundarbans river near Mongla, spilling oil over a vast area of the world's largest mangrove forest. The impact of the pollution is yet to be determined and Government officials are investigating the affected areas. It is expected that the oil slick will have a severe impact on marine life and vegetation.
Technical advice on personal safety and specialized cleaning equipment are being provided to the Government of Bangladesh, through the joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit in Geneva and UNDP Bangladesh.

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