Last week a cold front with historically low temperatures and extreme weather conditions such as torrential rains and flash floods affected Asia and the Middle East. 420,000 people in China’s southwest Guizhou province, 10,000 in India, 2 million in Bangladesh as well as vulnerable populations in Nepal and Kyrgyzstan were affected by cold temperatures. Snow and rain have also affected Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Occupied Palestinian Territories aggravating the conditions for over 600,000 Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, while the conflict in Syria continues to escalate in Idlib, Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, Deir al-Zor, Deraa and Hama provinces.
The security situation in Mali deteriorated with fresh clashes between the Government and Islamic insurgents, who have moved further south, taking the town Konna in Mopti region on 10 January. With support from France’s armed forces, the Mali Government has started a counter-offence.
The Government in Myanmar continued to strike targets in Laiza, Kachin state on Monday 14 January.
30,000 were displaced in North Darfur, Sudan due to fighting between rivalling tribes and between armed groups and the Government.
According to WFP 2 million are at risk of food insecurity in Tajikistan.