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Latest humanitarian snapshot highlights local storm in Myanmar, drought in Philippines and flooding in Indonesia

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MYANMAR According to the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), over 58,000 people have been affected and 21 people killed by strong winds, hail and heavy rains in various parts of the country since 19 April. The severe weather destroyed 1,900 houses and damaged a further 20,000 homes. Authorities are continuing to validate the impact of the disaster. The RRD is providing cash assistance and relief items to households whose homes were destroyed or damaged. The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) and humanitarian agencies are also providing non-food items and shelter materials to the affected communities including 550 displaced families in Kachin State.

On 29 April, storms that hit parts of Kachin, Mandalay, Magway and Bago killed an additional three people and injured 21 people, according to initial reports from MRCS.

24 people killed
58,000 people affected

JAPAN As of 30 April, an estimated 30,800 people remain in evacuation centres following the 14 and 16 April earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture. With the resumption of services including water, gas, electricity, supermarkets and transportation networks, many people have returned home or found alternative housing. On 29 April, the Prime Minister’s Office announced that construction of temporary houses had begun in some of the affected areas including Nishihara-mura and Kosa-machi.

30,800 evacuees

PHILIPPINES With an estimated 40 per cent of the Philippines affected by drought, states of calamity have been declared in 11 provinces, 10 cities and 26 municipalities across the country, mostly in Mindanao. In Zamboanga City, farmers’ production has decreased by up to 75 per cent. Low water levels in the city’s reservoir is also affecting water delivery to some 23,000 people who remain displaced over two years since the fighting between the military and a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front in September 2013. The national weather bureau forecasts that the current dry conditions may last until July in parts of Mindanao. Authorities continue to provide cash and food assistance to drought-hit farmers, however, scaling up the response is challenging due to a halt on most new projects until after the elections in May.

40% of the country affected

INDONESIA On 28 April, heavy rains triggered a landslide in Lebong District, Bengkulu Province on the southwest coast of Sumatra Island. Authorities confirmed one death and four people are still missing, with search and rescue operations ongoing. Flooding was also reported in Aceh, Central Sulawesi, Banten and West Java provinces which inundated more than 1,500 houses. Local governments have provided relief assistance with support from the national government.

1,500 houses flooded

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