As of 3 March, an estimated 1.2 million people are affected by prolonged drought in 16 districts across Sri Lanka’s nine provinces. Kalutara District (Western Province) has the most people affected due to salinisation of the water supply. Harvests due in the coming months are expected to be significantly reduced, exacerbating food insecurity. The Government continues to distribute water in districts with low water supplies and will disburse cash payments to affected families. WASH, food security and nutrition, agricultural livelihoods and cash-for-work programmes have been identified as priority response activities.
1.2 million people affected
On 5 March, a 5.9 magnitude tremor struck at a depth of 13 km near San Francisco municipality (population 14,500 people), Surigao del Norte province. One death was reported and local authorities are assessing the situation. This was reported as an aftershock of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake which struck Surigao del Norte on 10 February. As of 3 March, more than 7,800 people remain displaced following the larger earthquake, with most staying in open areas near their homes or with relatives or friends.
On 2 and 3 March, floods and landslides in Limapuluh Kota District of West Sumatra province caused six deaths and affected an estimated 1,200 people. The landslides cut the main road connecting West Sumatra and Riau provinces. Authorities declared a local emergency response phase until 9 March. In addition, at least 11,000 people in Riau were also affected by other floods between 1 and 5 March.
Local governments provided basic relief assistance.
Approximately 10,500 people remain displaced as a result of continued fighting in Kachin and northern Shan since November 2016. Access to displaced people in Non-Government Controlled Areas is severely restricted for international organizations.
10,500 people remain displaced
In northern Rakhine State, it is estimated that up to 20,000 people remain internally displaced following the 9 October attacks and subsequent security operations, Some 2,000 people have returned to their villages since 18 February. WFP has completed its second round of emergency distributions reaching 55,000 people with food and/or nutrition support in the north of Maungdaw Township. Shelter is among the priority humanitarian needs in the area. Access restrictions, particularly for international staff, are impeding the provision of life-saving humanitarian services.
20,000 people internally displaced
An estimated 74,550 people have crossed into Bangladesh from northern Rakhine state, Myanmar since October 2016. While the number of new arrivals has decreased in recent weeks, movement across the border remains fluid and partners are continuing to monitor the situation. In addition to pre-existing registered and makeshift camps, the Government of Bangladesh has allocated additional land for the new arrivals in Balukhali. Food, WASH, health, shelter, NFIs, protection and education services continue to be provided to the new arrivals.
74,500people crossed from Myanmar since Oct. 2016
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