Asia-Pacific Weekly Humanitarian Snapshot

The OCHA Asia-Pacific Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot for 11-17 March focuses on Tropical Cyclone Lusi in Vanuatu, dry conditions in South East Asia, King Tides in Marshall Islands and Degue Fever in Fiji and Vanuatu. 

VANUATU

There are 10 confirmed fatalities and 2 people missing after TC Lusi (Cat 2) affected Vanuatu between 10 and 13 Mar. Six people have serious injuries and an estimated 20,000 people affected to varying degrees across Torba, Sanma, Penama, Malampa and Shefa Province. Initial reports indicate 38 houses damaged with 112 people displaced, and three classrooms and two churches destroyed. Many coastal and low lying communities were flooded and ground-water sources contaminated.

All provinces are reporting extensive damage to crops and fruit trees. The National Emergency Operational Centres (EOC) and five Provincial EOCs have been activated, and rapid assessments are underway with the support of Community Disaster Committees and Vanuatu Red Cross Society. Aerial assessments were conducted on Friday 14 March. OCHA is providing remote information management and mapping support, with the expectation to deploy capacity for response planning once a formal request is received.

Source: OCHA ROP / Vanuatu NDMO

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Dryer than normal conditions are affecting various locations across Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. In Thailand some 20 provinces are declared “drought affected” raising concerns about agriculture and the water supply. Along the west coast of peninsular Malaysia, water rationing is affecting some 2.2 million people. In Indonesia’s Riau province drought conditions could lead to a longer burning season with implications for the respiratory health of local communities as well as countries in the region.

Source: OCHA ROAP

MARSHALL ISLANDS

King Tides affected Majuro and communities on four outer islands on 3 March. Arno atoll was particularly hard hit with 47 homes damaged or destroyed, one health clinic destroyed, and 360 persons affected. Several small shops were damaged and debris rendered the main road impassable. There are 139 persons in emergency shelter in both Majuro and Arno. Assessments for Majuro are being finalized and OCHA Regional Office for the Pacific has deployed a staff member from 11 to 24 Mar to support the response planning process.

Source: OCHA ROP

FIJI and VANUATU

Fiji’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 11 deaths and over 10,000 suspected cases in the current dengue outbreak. The Australian Government has donated AUD 750,000 to the Fiji Government to purchase medical supplies and support a public health awareness campaign. The People’s Republic of China has donated USD 50,000. The Government is running a campaign to remove mosquito breeding sites in Suva. To help combat the outbreak in Vanuatu, China is sending 16 doctors to support hospitals in Port Vila and Santo.

Source: OCHA ROP

Ongoing Emergencies

Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Philippines: Bohol Earthquake Philippines: Zamboanga Myanmar: Rakhine State Myanmar: Kachin State