Key issues in the past week:
The collapse of a natural dam in Panjsher flooded several villages destroyed more than 150 houses.
Some 3,400 people are reportedly displaced to Tirinkot City, due to fighting in Dehrawud district.
Members of an armed group force 37 health facilities to close in Zabul Province.
A total of 21,000 people in need received humanitarian assistance across the country.
7,700 New IDPs reported in the past week
The year 2017 was poignantly marked by numerous humanitarian dramas around the world. From devastating natural disasters to deadly conflicts, Télécoms Sans Frontières has remained mobilised and adapted its response to the specific needs of the affected populations, introducing new and innovative means of providing communications aid.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Heavy rainfalls that hit western and central Japan have caused flooding and landslides. Authorities report, as of 15 July, 210 dead and 22 missing. Hiroshima is the worst affected prefecture, followed by Okayama and Ehime. There are about 4,800 people staying in evacuation shelters in 14 prefectures. The health ministry reports approximately 162,000 households were still without running water on Sunday.
210 people dead
The United Nations Secretary General and the President of the World Bank visiting Cox’s Bazar last week, as well as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Executive Director of UNFPA, marked significant progress for the humanitarian and development nexus in the response. The World Bank’s announcement of a USD 50 million grant to a health project—the first in a series that could total as much as USD 480 million—invited new mechanisms for financing and coordination.
Tropical Cyclone Sagar affects an estimated 228,800 people
Above-average rainfall, humanitarian assistance improve food security conditions in Somalia
UN increases estimated number of IDPs to 2.6 million people
The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
Rift Valley fever in Uganda
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lassa fever in Liberia
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
Humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria.
For each of these events, a brief description, followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
The National Dengue Control Unit says that there is an increase in the number of dengue patients with the active South West monsoon rains. As there are many places where rain water can accumulate, the risk of mosquito breeding has increased, according to the National Dengue Control Unit.
• On 2 July, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and President of the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim visited Cox’s Bazar. The World Bank announced it would provide Bangladesh with US$480 million for the Rohingya response, including health, education, water, sanitation and social protection.
HI launched an emergency response in August 2017 to assist hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar. Since June 2018, these already vulnerable people have had to face torrential rain. Floods and landslides make it difficult for HI’s teams to reach the most vulnerable people and to deliver humanitarian supplies.
706,364 New Rohingya arrivals since 25 August 2017 to Cox’s Bazar
919,000 Total Rohingya Population in Cox’s Bazar
1.3 Million People in Need in Cox’s Bazar
Food security improves significantly in southeastern areas, but continued assistance is needed
The European Union has released €89.5 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia and Djibouti, as millions are grappling with the consequences of prolonged extreme weather conditions.
The funding comes ahead of the Somalia Partnership Forum co-hosted by the European Union taking place next week over 16-17 July.
In Tillabery region, inter-community attacks at the border with Mali caused 45 casualties, and led to 13,900 displaced people (almost 3,000 in May) in 4 municipalities, according to protection cluster.
In May, three civilians were killed and two were abducted during attacks by non-state armed groups in the Diffa region. Two health centres were also looted.