As of 5 April, 900,000 drought-affected people have been classed as severely food insecure, of which 80,000 need immediate support to mitigate the impact of the drought and 25,000 require urgent humanitarian assistance. The loss of two consecutive harvests due to poor rainfall has impacted food security and resilience. As a consequence of the poor Maha harvest, seeds for the Yala season are “seriously compromised.” This, coupled with water shortages, could exacerbate the situation if the Yala harvest is severely impacted as expected.
900,000 severely food insecure
Following a landslide in Nganjuk District of East Java on 9 April, one person has been confirmed dead and four people are missing.
The incident did not result in any displacement. Local government declared a two-week response period to accelerate the search efforts.
Meanwhile, search activities for 24 people missing following the 1 April landslide in Ponorogo District of East Java, was interrupted due to a further landslide on 9 April. This damaged two houses as well as four vehicles and an excavator used for search activities.
Flooding in Samarinda Municipality of East Kalimantan between 4 and 7 April 2017 have inundated around 10,000 houses and directly affected around 25,000 people. No casualties have been reported.
On 8 April, two earthquakes measuring 5.6- and 6.0-magnitude occurred near the town of Mabini,
Batangas province. No casualties have been reported, but approximately 6,000 people, half in the capital Batangas City, were temporarily evacuated. All evacuation centres were closed on 9 April. Minor damage to buildings and infrastructure was reported. Regional emergency management, social welfare and health authorities have provided food, tents and medical supplies to those affected. On 4 April, a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck near the town of Tingloy, Batangas, resulting in a declaration of a state of calamity by the provincial government.
6,000 temporarily evacuated
On 8 April Tropical Cyclone Cook made landfall on Vanuatu bringing strong winds, heavy rain and rough seas. Hundreds of people were moved to evacuation centres as a result of flooding. After moving south-west and increasing in strength, TC Cook struck northern New Caledonia as a category-two storm on 10 April. With winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour, floods and waves as tall as 10 metres were forecast by weather authorities.
The Directorate of Civil Security and Risk Management issued a level-two cyclone alert for the northern province requiring people to remain inside their homes or emergency shelters.
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