The chart on the toll so far is chilling. There's been nothing like this in recent memory.
India: 648,820 displaced, 10,151 dead, 5,628 still missing; Indonesia: 605,849 displaced, 113,360 dead, 10,078 still missing. In Malaysia: the numbers are 8,000 displaced, 68 dead, 6 still missing; In the Maldives: 21,663 displaced, 83 dead, 26 missing. In Myanmar, 3,205 displaced, 60-80 dead, 3 missing. In Sri Lanka, 441,110 displaced, 30,893 dead, 6,038 missing. In Thailand, 8,457 displaced, 5,303 dead, 0 missing.
Situation report 16
Aceh, Indonesia remains the priority for relief work as the province continues to be in a state of emergency. Strong progress has been achieved in Sri Lanka, but systemic relief must be undertaken alongside planning for rehabilitation and reconstruction.
- Public health teams, convened by WHO and working with the US military, are currently based on the ship Abraham Lincoln off the western coast of Aceh. They will be conducting rapid health assessments of otherwise unreachable populations in an a large area estimated at 350 km by 10 km.
- Communicable disease surveillance systems are in place in most affected countries and daily reports are becoming available. The next two to three weeks will be critical. Expert epidemiologists are on standby in the case that an outbreak is reported. No outbreaks have been reported so far.
- Public health and reference lab capacity has been strengthened.
- WHO is completing an assessment today of supply stockpiling and will inform governments and donors of what is needed where.
- In Sri Lanka, the number of displaced persons has further decreased and now stands at 441,410.
- WHO released a statement on the increased vulnerability of women and girls in circumstances of social upheaval.