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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Philippines, Pakistan

27 Jul 2022

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A Public school that welcomes more than 2,200 people displaced by the recent violence in Jomba, in the territory of Rutshuru. Photo credit: OCHA/Endurance Lum Nji

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –   27 July 2022

Democratic Republic of the Congo

We are concerned about the recent string of attacks on civilians in Boga Health Zone, Ituri Province, over the last three weeks. Between 7 and 25 July, 10 attacks in Boga health zone killed at least 30 civilians, led to the abduction of more than 80 people including around 40 children, displaced at least 20,000 people and burned down more than 700 houses.

The resurgence of violence is slowing down the momentum of returns of people who had been previously displaced and have been returning to Boga over recent months. In May 2021, two simultaneous armed attacks caused the death of about 60 civilians in Boga and Tchabi and displaced more than 30,000 people.

We have received concerning reports about the recruitment of minors to join armed groups. UN agencies and international NGOs have the capacity to deliver aid, including food, medicine and other supplies but the violence is constraining humanitarian access and hampering the delivery of aid. Protection ranks as the most pressing need for affected people.

One international NGO was able to provide medicine to the health centers of Boga and Tchabi for 10,000 people for the next three months. Since the beginning of the year, violence in Ituri Province has caused humanitarian suffering. Today, 2 million people are displaced across the DRC. 

The Philippines

Today in the Philippines, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the mountainous province of Abra in northern Luzon, triggering landslides and the collapse of several structures, with damages to roads in the provinces of Abra, Ilocos Sur, Benguet.

At least four deaths were reported but these are still being verified by authorities. There are currently more than 1,600 people currently in 16 evacuation centers in Ilocos Sur province, according to the initial report of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Assessment teams have been deployed in the affected areas together with local disaster response teams who are conducting search, rescue and clearing operations, according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD). We are liaising with national authorities and humanitarian partners to determine the impact of the earthquake.

Some 527,000 family food packs are prepared to be distributed by Department of Social Welfare and Development. International Organization for Migration will deliver 3,000 tarpaulins and will send an assessment mission to the affected areas tomorrow.

Pakistan

Turning to Pakistan, the country has received 60 per cent of total normal monsoon rainfall in just three weeks since the start of the monsoon season. Heavy rains have resulted in flash floods and landslides across Pakistan, including in urban areas. Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Sindh Provinces are particularly affected.

As of 25 July, the floods have resulted in 312 deaths (including 121 children and 56 women) and some 300 people have been injured since 1 July. More than 10,000 families have been affected, 60 per cent of them in Balochistan.

More than 8,200 houses have been partially or fully damaged. In addition, around 800 schools (600 in Balochistan alone) have been affected, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

In Balochistan, at least 150,000 people require humanitarian assistance, 30,000 people have been severely affected, and 400 families have been displaced, according to initial assessments. Authorities and partners are distributing relief items such as tents, food packets, tarpaulins, mosquito nets, kitchen sets and jerry cans to the affected people.