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Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (27 October - 2 November 2020)

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PHILIPPINES

More than 2 million people are affected after Super Typhoon Goni made landfall in Catanduanes Province on 1 November and crossed over the main island of Luzon. The world’s strongest typhoon of 2020 brought torrential rains, destructive winds, and storm surges that damaged hundreds of houses and interrupted communications, water, and power, particularly in the provinces of Albay and Catanduanes. In Albay, a number of people died and some 300 houses were buried under volcanic mud flow.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), over 360,000 people remain in evacuation centres. UN agencies, the Red Cross, and humanitarian partners are conducting assessments in affected areas, while providing food, shelter kits, non-food items, camp management, psycho-social support, and search and rescue teams in support of the Government response.

MYANMAR

Hostilities between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the Arakan Army in Rakhine State and southern areas of Chin State continue to kill and maim civilians and are causing further displacement of people. Four civilians, including three children, were reportedly injured by gunfire in Minbya Township in two separate incidents and four civilians, including a child, were injured in Pauktaw Township on 29 October. According to the Rakhine State Government, as of 19 October, over 92,600 people are displaced in Rakhine State due to the ongoing conflict, while over 8,200 people are displaced in Chin State, according to humanitarian partners. The number of people displaced by conflict in the two states is more than twice the number reported at the start of 2020.

VIET NAM & CAMBODIA

At least 68 people reportedly died or are still missing in Vietnam as a result of Typhoon Molave which made landfall on 28 October. Torrential rainfalls caused flash flooding and landslides, particularly in the most severely affected provinces of Quang Ngai and Kon Tum.

Persistent heavy rains, widespread flooding and landslides triggered by a series of storms and typhoons since early October have left more than 270,000 houses flooded and damaged more than 37,500 houses in central Vietnam. About 57,000 people have been evacuated to temporary shelters. Some 159 people lost their lives and 71 others went missing, with millions more affected. On 31 October, in consultation with the government, the UN released the Vietnam Floods Response Plan seeking US$40 million to help 177,000 of the most vulnerable flood-affected people in the central provinces.

37.5K houses flooded and damaged

In Cambodia, flash floods claimed the lives of at least 43 people, according to the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM). As of 2 November, more than 792,000 people are affected by flooding and in need of humanitarian assistance, of which over 388,000 people are recognized as poor and vulnerable households.

792K people affected by flooding

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