Internal Displacement Update
Issue 22: 13 - 26 July 2017

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Myanmar

Affected areas

Ayeyarwady, Bago, Magway and Sagaing regions

Cause of displacement

Disaster

Figures

More than 130,000 new disaster displacements between 2 and 21 July

Context

More than 130,000 people were evacuated between 2 and 21 July in the regions of Ayeyarwady, Bago, Magway and Sagaing, as well as in Kayin State, due to floods and landslides. Magway and Sagaing were most heavily affected with more than 90,000 and 23,000 people evacuated, respectively, due to flooding. Displaced people sought shelter in monasteries, host families or in temporary relief sites (OCHA, 21 July 2017; The Irrawaddy, 26 July 2017).

East Asia and Pacific

China

Affected areas

Anhui, Chongqing, Gansu, Guizhou, Hainan, Heilongjiang, Hubei, Jilin, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shandong, Sichuan, Yunnan provinces

Cause of displacement

Disaster

Figures

As many as 310,000 new disaster displacements between 12 and 27 July

Context
Northeast and Northwest China

More than 249,000 people were evacuated in Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces in Northeast China between 19 and 20 July because of heavy rain and floods (Ministry of Civil Affairs, 21 July 2017). At least 20,000 people were evacuated after downpours on 25 and 26 July that resulted in the worst flooding in decades in Shaanxi province in Northwest China (China Daily, 27 July 2017). Heavy rain displaced an additional 200 people in the Northeast province of Liaoning between 13 and 17 July (Ministry of Civil Affairs, 17 July 2017).

About 100 people were evacuated in Gansu province in Northwest China between 12 and 14 July, also because of rain and floods (Ministry of Civil Affairs, 14 July 2017).

South Central and Southwest China

More than 33,000 people were evacuated in Hainan province in South Central China between 16 and 17 July because of rain and floods brought on by Tropical Storm Talas (Ministry of Civil Affairs, 17 July 2017). About 700 people were evacuated in Hubei province between 17 and 20 July because of similar conditions (Ministry of Civil Affairs, 20 July 2017).

Southwest China was also affected by rain and floods which led to the evacuation of more than 2,500 people in Guizhou, Sichuan, and Yunnan provinces between 12 and 14 July (Ministry of Civil Affairs, 14 July 2017); about 1,800 people in Chongqing and Sichuan provinces between 14 and 18 July (Ministry of Civil Affairs, 18 July 2017); and an additional 1,100 people in Chongqing, Guizhou, and Sichuan provinces between 19 and 21 July (Ministry of Civil Affairs, 21 July 2017).

East China

About 1,100 people were evacuated in Anhui and Shandong provinces between 14 and 18 July because of rain and floods (Ministry of Civil Affairs, 18 July 2017).

Japan

Affected areas

Akita prefecture

Cause of displacement

Disaster

Figures

As many as 25,000 new disaster displacements between 23 and 26 July

Context

As many as 25,000 people were evacuated in Akita prefecture between 23 and 26 July because of torrential rains and flooding (First Post, 23 July 2017). The cities of Yurihonjo, Daisen and Senboku, as well as the town of Misato, ordered evacuations after the flooding of residents’ houses and landslides that struck various parts of Akita on 23 July (The Japan Times, 23 July 2017).

Philippines

Affected areas

Lanao del Sur (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao)

Cause of displacement

Conflict

Figures

More than 55,000 new conflict displacements between 13 and 23 July

Context

More than 55,000 people were displaced in Marawi City by ongoing conflict between 13 and 23 July. The city has been under siege by Maute insurgents since late May, in which time more than 534,000 people have been displaced by fighting between insurgents and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (DROMIC, 23 July 2017).

Vietnam

Affected areas

Central provinces

Cause of displacement

Disaster

Figures

More than 630 new disaster displacements between 16 and 17 July

Context

More than 630 people were displaced after their homes were destroyed by tropical cyclone Talas between 16 and 17 July. The cyclone impacted Vietnam’s Nghe An and Ha Tinh central provinces leaving a trail of damage, including more than 3,000 homes without roofs (Xinhua, 20 July 2017).

Europe and Central Asia

France

Affected areas

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region

Cause of displacement

Disaster

Figures

As many as 7,000 new disaster displacements between 17 and 26 July

Context

As many as 7,000 people were displaced in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur between 17 and 26 July because of three wildfires that spread through southern France (ECHO, 26 July 2017; ECHO, 25 July 2017; The Telegraph, 26 July 2017).

Middle East and North Africa

Iraq

Affected areas

Nineveh governorate

Cause of displacement

Conflict

Figures

More than 23,000 new conflict displacements between 13 and 23 July

Context

More than 23,000 people were displaced from Mosul between 13 and 23 July towards IDP camps (IOM live dashboard, 25 July 2017). Many had fled from west to east Mosul between two and six weeks earlier, and were now forced to move on to the camps to cover their basic needs. Others had tried to return to their homes after the announcement that Mosul had been retaken, but found their homes destroyed, and that they had no option but to move to a camp (UNHCR, 24 July 2017).

According to the Norwegian Refugee Council: “The end of the battle for Mosul isn’t the end of the ordeal for civilians. The humanitarian situation not only remains grave, but could worsen.” (Reuters, 19 July 2017).

North America

Canada

Affected areas

British Columbia province

Cause of displacement

Disaster

Figures

As many as 32,000 new disaster displacements between 13 and 18 July

Context

As many as 32,000 people were evacuated in British Columbia between 13 and 18 July following continued wildfires across the province. Those evacuated included 12,000 from Williams Lake city, BC, and an additional 12,000 from surrounding areas (CBC, 15 July 2017). As many as 46,000 people had been displaced by the fires as of 18 July, making it one of the largest displacement events the province has ever seen (CBC, 18 July 2017).

South Asia

India

Affected areas

Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir states

Cause of displacement

Conflict, Disaster

Figures

As many as 25,000 new disaster displacements between 24 and 26 July; more than 4,000 new conflict displacements between 15 and 20 July

Context

As many as 25,000 people were evacuated in Gujarat between 24 and 26 July after heavy rains caused floods in several districts in the north and central parts of the state. The worst affected district was Banaskantha, with 11,000 evacuees (India, 25 July 2017).

More than 4,000 people fled areas near the Line of Control between 15 and 20 July following five days of shelling by Pakistan which began on 15 July. The displaced were housed in camps in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district as of 20 July (First Post, 20 July 2017).

Afghanistan

Affected areas

Baghlan, Farah, Ghor, Hirat, Kabul, Kunar, Kunduz, Nangarhar and Uruzgan provinces

Cause of displacement

Conflict, Disaster

Figures

As many as 23,000 new conflict displacements between 16 and 22 July; about 200 new disaster displacements between 15 and 25 July; about 8,800 cross border returns from Iran, and 2,200 from Pakistan between 16 and 22 July

Context

As many as 23,000 people were newly displaced by conflict between 16 and 22 July across the country. Of those displaced, most remained within their province of origin, including about 14,000 who fled ongoing armed clashes in Baghlan province; 2,100 displaced within Kunduz province; more than 1,000 who fled insecurity in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces; more than 2,400 displaced within Uruzgan province; and more than 2,200 displaced in Farah, Ghor, and Hirat provinces. Others were displaced further afield, including 1,100 people who fled armed clashes in Baghlan, Kunduz and Nangarhar provinces to Kabul (OCHA, 25 July 2017).

About 200 people were displaced between 15 and 25 July in Surabi district, Kabul Province, because heavy rains destroyed their houses (OCHA, 25 July 2017; Agencia EFE, 15 July 2017).

About 8,800 Afghans returned from Iran between 16 and 22 July. About 2,200 Afghans returned from Pakistan over the same period (OIM, 25 July 2017).

Sub-Saharan Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Affected areas

Ituri province

Cause of displacement

Conflict

Figures

More than 750 new conflict displacements between 16 and 26 July

Context

More than 750 people were newly displaced in Ituri province between 16 and 26 July, as a military operation to expel militia from the area was launched by the national armed forces with support from the UN Mission in DRC, MONUSCO. The newly displaced moved towards Munobi displacement site south of Gethy, most having been previously displaced in June (OCHA, 26 July 2017).

Ghana

Affected areas

Central, Eastern, Greater Accra and Western regions

Cause of displacement

Disaster

Figures

More than 6,600 new disaster displacements between 26 June and 21 July

Context

More than 6,600 people were displaced between 26 June and 21 July in the regions of Central, Western, Eastern, and Greater Accra due to heavy torrential rains, floods, and dam spillages. Of these, about 4,300 people were displaced in Central region; about 1,000 in Western region; and about 100 in Eastern region by floods brought on by heavy torrential rains. About 300 people were displaced in Central region by floods caused by the breaching of a dam near Mpatum. An additional 700 people were displaced in the Greater Accra region by the spillage of a second dam known as Weija dam (IFRC, 21 July 2017; IFRC field reports from 6, 8, and 10 July 2017; Africa News, 6 July 2017).

Nigeria

Affected areas

Borno state

Cause of displacement

Conflict

Figures

About 450 new conflict displacements between 18 and 24 July; about 250 cross border returns from Cameroon

Context

About 360 people were displaced from Dikwa to Shuwari village, Jere, between 18 and 24 July, because of recent Boko Haram attacks (IOM ETT, 24 July 2017). An additional 84 people were displaced from Abbaram to General Hospital Camp, Bama, fleeing attacks by the insurgent group between 11 and 17 July (IOM ETT, 17 July 2017).

About 250 individuals returned to Borno state from Kolofata, in Cameroon, between 11 and 17 July (IOM ETT, 17 July 2017).

On 24 July, several suicide attacks took place in the Dalori I and Dalori II IDP camps in the outskirts of Maiduguri. They resulted in the deaths of several civilians and injured many others. These suicide attacks targetting civilians are the latest in a string of similar incidents in northeastern Nigeria over the past few months (OCHA, 25 July 2017).

Notes For the purposes of this update, refugee and IDP returns do not imply the achievement of a durable solution. The terminology, names and designations used in this update and the material in links do not imply any opinion on the part of IDMC.
Displacement figures reported here are indicative only and have been rounded to the nearest 10 (if the figure is less than 999), 100 (if the figure is less than 10,000) or 1,000 (if the figure is 10,000 or larger).
The IDU gives priority to displacement flows that occurred or were reported in stated period. However, due to reliance on third party sources, certain entries may include information that refers to an earlier reporting period. For the purposes of this update, refugee and IDP returns do not imply the achievement of a durable solution. For IDMC-validated and peer-reviewed figures, read our Global Report on Internal Displacement.