Published on 20 Mar 2019
MILITARY OPERATIONS IN MAGUINDANAO
35,200 displaced population
In Maguindanao, fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and a faction of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) led by Abu Turaifie displaced 35,235 person from four municipalities in the province. The IDPs are sheltered in schools and madrasas. The BARMM Humanitarian Emergency Action Team – rapid emergency response mechanism has responded with food packs. The local municipal authorities from the area have also provided food assistance. UNICEF, UNHCR and NGOs are planning to respond with Shelter materials, Water & Sanitation, School supplies to augment the Government response.
CLASHES IN LANAO DEL SUR
8,900 displaced population
Renewed fighting on 11 and 14 March, between AFP and remnants of the Maute armed group (responsible for the conflict of Marawi City in May 2017) in the province of Lanao del Sur, displaced a total of 8,911 people (1,782 families). The population displaced from two municipalities are sheltered in schools, madrasas and home based with relatives. ICRC carried out rapid assessment of the needs and are planning to provide assistance; food packs, mats, jerrycans, blankets, mosquito nets and hygiene kits. The local authorities have distributed food packs to the displaced families.
CLASHES IN SULU
5,100 displaced population
Fighting between the AFP and the Abu Sayyaf armed group displaced 5,160 persons in Sulu Province on 25 February 2019.
This has affected the municipalities of Patikul and Tongkil where the group is believed to also be holding foreigners as “ Kidnap for Ransom”. Due to high risk of kidnapping, access remains limited.
The Provincial Government of Sulu has provided food packs to the displaced population. UNHCR working with local NGOs has distributed kitchen sets, mats and tarpaulins to the IDPs. The local Red Cross and Women Organization (Matau Katsi) have provided food packs.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION CHEDENG
Tropical Depression “ Chedeng” entered the Philippines Area of Responsibility on 18 March, bringing hope of rains to Southern Mindanao, after threemonths of dry El Niño conditions. Moving at 20 Kph west with winds up to 45 kph it hit mainland Mindanao on Tuesday 19 March. Meanwhile, the Provincial Government of North Cotabato has declared “state of emergency” after 13,000 farmers lost their rice and corn harvest due to the dry conditions.
EL NIÑO IN BARMM AREAS
Recent PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services) climate monitoring and analyses indicate the unusually warm sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific (CEEP) which started since November 2018 is expected to become a moderate El Nino event. In the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), this has caused an extended dry-spell and affected seven municipalities in Maguindanao (Pagalungan, Barira, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Talitay, South Upi and Upi), and the two in Basilan (Maluso municipality and Lamitan City).
66,000 displaced population
A total of 66,000 people displaced from Marawi conflict are sheltered in evacuation centers, transitory sites and home-based locations. Of these, 4,500 people are in evacuation sites and 8,600 people are in transitory sites. The government plans to transfer 364 families to new Boganga Transitory Site before end of March.
Water and sanitation remain a priority in various sites as water supply is insufficient given the limited actors providing water interventions.
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