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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (1 - 7 October 2013)


PHILIPPINES Fighting has ended between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Government forces. However, clearing operations continue in areas where unexploded ordinance (UXOs) remain. In Zamboanga, an estimated 120,000 people are displaced of which 52% are living inside evacuation centres. Seasonal flooding has knocked down temporary shelters worsening the living conditions of IDPs. A recent Government initiative to provide basic services to those living with host families has allowed a large number of displaced persons to move in with host communities. Source: NDRRMC, OCHA sitrep No. 6

MYANMAR Violence between Muslims and Buddhists erupted last week in the townships of Thandwe and Tongup in Rakhine state. Five people were killed and four injured.An inter agency mission visited Thandwe on October 5 revealing some 100 houses burnt in seven to eight villages. Approximately 480 people have been left homeless and there are no plans to establish a camp. 14 families in Rakhine state are staying in a monastery fearing for their safety. The Myanmar Red Cross is providing assistance to the affected communities. Source: OCHA

SOUTHEAST ASIA Heavy flooding, caused by seasonal rains and compounded by a tropical depression on 18 Sep and TC Wutip on 30 Sep, has affected large areas in SEAsia. In Thailand, as of 7 Oct, 183 districts in 28 provinces, comprising a total population of 1.9M people, have been affected by flooding. 36 people have been killed. The government has not requested assistance and notes that water levels are 20% less than they were in 2011. Forecasts predict less rain in the north and northeast as the monsoon season ends. In Lao PDR, as of 2 Oct, over 217,000 people were affected in the five southern provinces. Three people have died, 280 families were evacuated and nearly 1,500 houses were damaged or destroyed. The Government, with support from humanitarian agencies, is leading the response. In Vietnam, as of 1 Oct, over 106,000 in four provinces were evacuated in advance of TC Wutip. Three people were killed and another 35 injured. Assessments are ongoing and more information is expected shortly. In Cambodia, as of 30 Sep, over 372,000 people were affected in 10 provinces. Stung Treng and Kratie are the worst affected. 30 people have been killed thus far. The Government, Red Cross, and NGOs have provided immediate assistance. Results from rapid needs assessment teams are awaited and will be used for response planning purposes. The Humanitarian Response Forum is considering the submission of an Emergency Cash Grant application to OCHA for life-saving priority activities. Source: OCHA, UN, DDPM, NDMO, UN-VNM SitRep No.1, UN-LAO Sitrep No. 5, HRF Sitrep No. 1

CHINA Tropical storm Fitow, packing winds of up to 121 km/h, made landfall in Fujian province early today, bringing heavy rainfall and causing widespread blackouts, according to media reports. In Zhejiang 574,000 people were evacuated, while in Fujian 177,000 were moved to safety. Source: Media


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