During the past week, strong winds, heavy rain and hail continued to affect various parts of Myanmar. The Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) reported over 64,500 people have been affected with over 23,300 houses damaged. It is expected that heavy rainfall will continue in the coming days heightening the risk of landslides in Chin and Kachin states.
On 3 May, fire swept through "Baw Du Pha 2", an IDP camp in Sittwe, Rakhine State, destroying 49 IDP long houses and affecting 392 families. There have been no confirmed fatalities. RRD, along with NGO and UN agencies have provided assistance, including emergency shelter materials, food and NFIs. Mobile health teams have deployed to support the State Health Department to meet health needs.
The City of Bayawan in the Western Visayas region is the latest to declare a state of calamity due to El Niño. About 30 per cent of the city’s response fund will be used to assist 24,500 families (122,600 people) affected by drought. While in Maguindanao province, 124,100 families (620,500 people) are reported to be affected by drought. Local authorities are providing food rations. To date, states of calamity have been declared in 11 provinces, 11 cities across the country.
In Keerom District (Papua Province), gastroenteritis virus is suspected to have caused the deaths of 77 children over the past month. The cases are suspected to be a result of contaminated water following a series of flash floods in March. The Ministry of Health is currently conducting an investigation.
On 8 May, heavy rainfall reportedly triggered a landslide in Taining County in south-eastern Fujian province. According to media reports, 14 people have been killed and 25 are still missing. Search and rescue operations are ongoing, and Government officials report that over 600 rescue personnel have been deployed. The National Meteorological Center issued a warning on the heightened risk of further geological disasters in parts of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces and the Zhuang Autonomous Region.
More than two months since Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, food security remains a concern which has been compounded by flooding in April that destroyed crops and increased vegetable prices. The Government’s food ration distributions for 370,000 people affected by the cyclone will end in the coming week but food vouchers will continue to assist 70,000 people on social welfare. Partners are conducting food security monitoring to ensure that the situation does not deteriorate.