Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (23 - 29 May 2017)
As of 28 May, an estimated 503,560 people in 15 of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts have been affected by floods and landslides, with 82,998 people displaced to 321 emergency shelters in seven districts. 156 deaths have been confirmed, 108 people are still missing and 95 people have been injured. District and divisional administration services are actively engaged in relief operations with the support of Disaster Management Coordination units. Tri-Forces and Police have been mobilized for Search and Rescue, and are also engaged in food distributions. UN agencies are currently supporting the Government’s relief efforts in coordination and mobilizing resources. Rain in the south-west of the country is expected to intensify on 29 May, leading to concerns of a further deterioration of the situation.
As of 29 May, as many as 60,000 people have been displaced by conflict in Marawi City,
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), that began on 23 May. Of those, approximately 4,200 are staying in 11 evacuation centres while the rest are staying with relatives and friends. The national government has established a regional command and coordination centre in Iligan City, 37km north of Marawi City. The ARMM government is still evacuating citizens trapped within parts of the city where the conflict continues. Regional social welfare authorities are coordinating the distribution of relief items to those displaced. The national government has not made a request for international assistance.
TROPICAL CYCLONE MORA
As of 29 May, Cyclonic Storm MORA is situated over the Bay of Bengal, 580km southwest of Chittagong, Bangladesh. It is likely to intensify and continue to move north, making landfall near Chittagong on the morning of 30 May. It is possible it may move north-east, with a stronger impact on the coast of Rakhine State, Myanmar. The storm is predicted to bring widespread rain and strong winds with the possibility of storm surges, flash floods and landslides.
In Bangladesh, the maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra are on alert and all fishing boats have been advised to take immediate shelter. In Myanmar, the Government is issuing early warning messages and taking preparedness actions in the areas likely to be affected. The Myanmar Red Cross Society has activated their Emergency Operations Center and is conducting early warning actions in Ayayerwady and Rakhine.
Despite the majority of the country now in the dry season, floods occurred in Bulungan and Nunukan Districts of North Kalimantan, West Kotawaringin District of Central Kalimantan and Langkat District of North Sumatra between 22 and 27 May, triggering the temporary evacuation of approximately 7,000 people. The flood in Nunukan District caused one death. Local governments have responded to the situation and provided basic relief assistance.