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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (24 - 30 March 2015)

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As of 27 Mar, Tropical Cyclone Pam affected 166,000 people on 22 islands. 15,000 homes were destroyed leaving some 75,000 people in need of emergency shelter. Emergency food distributions are taking place across the affected islands, however long-term food assistance is urgently needed to avoid a secondary crisis. An appeal was launched requesting nearly US$30 million for emergency assistance.

166,000 people affected
15,000 homes destroyed


On 23 Mar, a new round of armed conflict between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) erupted in Maguindanao province, injuring two civilians. As of 24 Mar, about 125,300 people are displaced in 15 municipalities in Maguindanao due to the successive military engagements between the Government forces and the BIFF. Assessments reveal that IDPs require shelter materials, NFIs, potable drinking water, sanitation facilities and protection assistance.

125,000 people displaced


Damage from tropical Cyclone Pam prompted the Government to declare a state of emergency which was only lifted on 27 Mar. Emergency supplies including protein-rich food, shelter kits, fuel, generators, water treatment tablets, kitchen kits, clothes and medical supplies were delivered to the three central islands (Nui, Nukufetau, Vaitupu) and three northern islands (Nanumanga, Niutoo, Nanumea). Eighty percent of the affected areas restored electricity, internet and telephone connections, and most affected people returned to their homes.


An earthquake measuring 7.7M on the Richter scale (according to USGS) at the depth of 54km occurred on 30 Mar at around 09:48 local time southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province. A tsunami alert was issued, however there was no damage report received so far from local authorities. The Government and OCHA will continue to monitor and provide updates if the situation changes.


Tropical Cyclone Maysak rapidly intensified on Sunday, 29 March, as it moved across the eastern islands of the Federated States of Micronesia. Chuuk State experienced high winds and heavy rain, with wind gusts reaching up to 115kmph. A number of homes lost their roofs and some power lines were damaged. Typhoon Maysak is expected to further intensify as it heads towards Yap State.


Strong winds in the Sleman Regency resulted in three deaths and damaged 23 houses. The local authority (BPBD) conducted an assessment and provided logistical support to the survivors as well as working with the community to clear the debris.


Although Tropical Cyclone is still too far from the Philippines to predict potential landfall areas, the Government and the UN are carefully monitoring the storm.

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