Snapshot 17–23 February 2016
DRC: More than 35,000 people have lost shelter in Zongo, Sud-Ubangi, due to forest fires that have been affecting the territory since mid-December. The fires have destroyed over 2,600 hectares of crops. Assistance delivery is hampered by bad road conditions between Gemena and Zongo.
Fiji: Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji over 20-21 February, with winds up to 330 km/h. Koro Island and the north of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, are the worst affected areas, with reports of widespread water, power and communications outages. Some 8,400 people are in evacuation centres, many of whom are unable to return home as an estimated 830 houses have been destroyed in eastern and western divisions. Transport links are being restored, but some roads remain closed and access to remote islands remains challenging.
South Sudan: On 17-18 February fighting between Dina and Shilluk and Nuer communities broke out in the Malakal Protection of Civilians site in Upper Nile. 18 people were killed including two aid workers and over 90 people were injured. An estimated 26,000 people are reported to have fled the site: many are taking refuge in schools and churches in Malakal town while others are in open space close to the site. Areas of the site have been looted and burnt and critical humanitarian infrastructure has been destroyed. Food, health, shelter and WASH assistance is urgently needed.
Syria: In mid-February, seven health facilities, including six hospitals, were damaged or destroyed by airstrikes in Aleppo, Idleb, and Dar’a governorates. 13 attacks on health facilities were recorded in January. In Aleppo governorate, more than 70,000 people have been newly displaced due to a government offensive launched early February. Since September 2015, more than 330,000 people have been newly displaced in northwestern governorates following government offensives.
Updated: 23/02/2016. Next update: 01/03/2016.
See the Crisis Overview 2015: Humanitarian Trends and Risks 2016, ACAPS' overview of long-term trends in humanitarian needs for major crises, and scenarios outlining their potential evolution in 2016