Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (October 12-18, 2021) – Thailand
Around 40,000 people are currently displaced in La Union and Ilocos Sur provinces due to the impact of severe tropical storm Kompasu (local name Maring). 14,000 displaced people are in 86 evacuation centers and 26,000 are sheltered at homes. Disaster officials have reported that 40 people have died from flash floods and landslides while 18 others are still missing. Assessment reports show 7,500 houses were damaged or destroyed, and 68,000 hectares of farmland were affected, with losses estimated at $ 41 million. At least 21 affected local governments have declared a “state of calamity” to access additional funding for faster relief and rehabilitation efforts. The humanitarian response remains within the reach of local and national governments, with the Philippine Red Cross providing assistance as well.
The volatile security situation and escalating armed clashes between the Myanmar Armed Forces (MAF) and Local People’s Defense Forces in Chin State and neighboring Magway and Sagaing regions have displaced thousands of vulnerable people since. may. The number of internally displaced people in Chin State rose dramatically to 21,420, and thousands more fled urban areas in Mindat and Kanpetlet townships during the first week of October. About 19,450 people remain displaced in the Magway and Sagaing regions. In addition, around 7,600 people displaced by the earlier conflict between the MAF and the Rakhine Army are still accommodated in Paletwa County, Chin State.
Humanitarian partners continue to scale up the delivery of life-saving assistance, including food and protection services. Despite these efforts, access problems and insecurity hampered humanitarian operations on the ground.
Heavy rains of over 400mm between October 1 and 18 triggered floods and landslides in the state of Kerala, affecting all of its 14 districts and killing 36 people. Nearly 5,000 people have been affected and are accommodated in more than 100 relief camps.
Widespread damage to electrical infrastructure has been reported. Eleven teams from the National Disaster Response Force and one team from the Indian Army have been deployed for search and rescue operations. The State Inter Agency Group coordinates response activities. The Indian Meteorological Department forecast heavy rains on October 21 and 22.
A 4.8 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 10 km struck Bali province in the early morning hours of October 16, killing three people, injuring 82 and at least 580 houses damaged. 32 places of worship and four public facilities were also damaged. The hardest-hit Karangasem district declared a seven-day emergency response phase until October 22. Local government offices, the Indonesian military, police, Indonesian Red Cross and NGOs carried out evacuations, provided immediate relief and carried out assessments, with support from the provincial and national governments.
VIET NAM, LAOS, CAMBODIA AND THALAND
Tropical storm Kompasu, which then weakened to a tropical depression and then to a zone of low pressure on October 14, brought heavy rains to Viet Nam, Laos,
Cambodia and Thailand. In Viet Nam, floods and landslides have been reported in Yen Bai and Quang Nam provinces, causing damage to the built environment. In Laos, flooding was reported in parts of six southern provinces. In Cambodia, heavy rains caused the Sangke and Pursat rivers to overflow. In Thailand, 3,000 households in six provinces have been affected. The situation remains within the response capacity of local / national governments.