Fighting continued unabated throughout Syria, in particular in Hama, Aleppo, Ar-Raqqa, Dar’a, Deir-ez-Zor, Homs, Idleb, Lattakia and around Damascus. 6.8 million people are in need in of humanitarian assistance in the country, 4.25 million people are displaced and over 1.4 million people have fled into neighbouring countries.
An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck a mountainous area of southwestern Sichuan province in China on 20 April. More than 1.99 million people are estimated to be affected, of which more than 12,000 are injured and 245,000 urgently evacuated as of 23 April. Blocked roads and infrastructural damage reportedly hamper access for relief operations.
The humanitarian crisis linked to violence and the related power struggle in the Central African Republic is affecting the whole population of 4.6 million people in the country, according to UNICEF. More than 2.3 million of these are children. Throughout the country, clashes between supporters of the new authorities and people loyal to the former President Bozizé have been reported over the past week.
In Kenya, several parts of the country, in particular the Coast and Western Kenya, have been affected by floods following heavy downpour. Some 89,515 people have been affected cumulatively since the onset of the rains in March, and more than 63,000 remain displaced.