Global Emergency Overview Weekly Picks, 07 March 2019
Heavy rain and snowfall since late February has triggered flooding, landslides and avalanches in Afghanistan, Pakistan and to a lesser extent Iran, resulting in damages to houses, infrastructure and agricultural land.
The official death toll stands at 70 people but this is likely to increase as assessments results become available. At least 10 people have also been reported as missing.
In Afghanistan, at least 3,800 houses have been destroyed or damaged and an increased risk of water- and vector-borne diseases has been reported. In Pakistan,flooding has affected 40,000 people in Balochistan, and at least 500 houses have been damaged or destroyed.
Priority needs include emergency shelter, food and winter clothes as well as WASH assistance.
Food insecurity in DPRK is expected to deteriorate. Overall food production in 2018 decreased some 9% compared to 2017, and was reportedly the lowest production in more than a decade.
The current number of people in need of food assistance, compared to 2018, has increased from 10.3 million to 10.9 million, or some 43.6% of DPRK’s population.
Seven people in Oninga, Walikale territory (Nord-Kivu) have died due to severe diarrhoea since 1 March, out of 30 hospitalised cases (CFR 23.3%).
Due to a shortage in medicine and general lack of functioning health facilities,residents have started fleeing the area towards Walikale town, a 14 days walk.
Without urgent intervention, the outbreak is likely to spread. Oninga is only reachable via helicopter, which further complicates the response.