Five people were killed and 54 others injured after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in China's Sichuan Province on 22 Nov, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. A total of 25,000 houses were damaged, affecting about 79,500 people and forcing 6,200 to relocate, according to local authorities. Among the 43 injured, six were in critical condition and another five suffering severe injuries. Eleven medical teams have reached the quake zone, and nearly 10,000 medical and epidemic prevention personnel joined the rescue efforts.
Continued heavy rains caused more flooding and landslides across Indonesia. Flooding has killed one person and damaged 30 houses in West Sumatra Province and inundated 372 houses in Riau Province. In West Java Province, a landslide injured three people and flash floods from the Cisangli River inundated approximately 220 houses, affecting 1,200 people.
Flooding affected over 53,000 people in Aceh Barat Daya and Aceh Jaya Districts.
The beginning of the rainy season has started in some parts of Indonesia, such as the area of Java and Sumatra at the end of October. Mt. Sinabung’s volcanic activity has remained high. The number of people/families occupying IDP shelters has decreased to 1,018 families or 3,287 people, while the number of people/families living in rented homes remains the same. The 2,053 families or 6,179 people occupying rented homes have already begun to rebuild their livelihoods with financial support from the Government.
As of 5 Nov 2014, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported that search and rescue teams have recovered 10 bodies at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla estate. The DMC reported 1,875 people affected, five people injured and 28 people still missing.
• Incidence of disasters decreases by 37 per cent
• 3,287 people (1,019 families) displaced by Mt. Sinabung’s eruption in February 2014 are still living in IDP shelters
• BNPB is conducting field studies to improve regulations
Natural Disasters (July - September 2014)
Natural Disaster - 139
Total Affected population- 78,484
Casualties - 38
Incidence of disasters continue dropping
Mt Sinabung erupted today spewing ash up to 2000 m into the sky and pyroclastic lava flow to non-residential areas South of the crater. There are no reports of new displacement. Volcanic dust from the previous eruption on 08 October reached Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, disrupting flights on 09 October 2014.
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On 12 Oct, Cyclone Hud Hud made landfall in the vicinity of Visakhapatnam City in the state of Andhra Pradesh with wind speeds of between 180-195 kph and 2-3 metre waves pounding the coast. At least six people have been killed and 150,000 people have been evacuated and sheltered in relief centres and schools. The National Crisis Management Committee will launch a detailed assessment shortly, though preliminary information indicates widespread damage in the four affected districts.
6 people dead
150,000 people evacuated
Mt Sinabung erupted on 10 October, spewing ash up to 2000 m into the sky and pyroclastic lava flow to non-residential areas South of the crater. There are no reports of new displacement. Volcanic dust from the previous eruption on 08 October reached Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, disrupting flights on 09 October 2014.
Floods were the most common natural disaster for July with BNPB reporting 19, affecting and displacing more than 26,196 people. Landslides were the second highest natural disaster event, taking 22 lives the highest number of all the disasters
Floods in Assam and Meghalaya States in north eastern India which commenced on 20 Sep have claimed 95 lives and left tens of thousands of people homeless. The worst affected areas are the districts of Goalpara, Kamrup and Boko in Assam and the areas of Tura and Garo Hills area in Meghalaya. At least 130,000 houses have been destroyed and over 87,000 hectares of crops are damaged.
130,000 houses destroyed
Rescue and relief operations are ongoing in Jammu and Kashmir after landslides caused by severe flooding that began on 2 Sep, killed at least 215 people and left 150,000 people still stranded. More than 184,000 people have so far been rescued by the armed forces and National Disaster Response Force. Around 137 relief camps are operating in the Kashmir valley assisting over 100,000 people.
184,000 people rescued
Landslides were the most common natural disaster for August 2014 with BNPB reporting 20. Floods were the second highest natural disaster event, affecting and displacing more than 40,000 people.
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Rescue efforts are ongoing in the southwestern province of Yunnan, where a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck on 3 Aug. At least 617 people are confirmed dead and more than 3,000 people are injured. Another 112 people are still missing.
Intermittent heavy rains that started in early June caused flooding in low-lying areas of Maguindanao province, which declared a state of calamity. The Regional, Provincial and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils have provided food packs to 160,000 people.
160,000 people affected
Agencies from the Mindanao Humanitarian Team have pre-positioned relief items as a preparedness measure should government counterparts request bilateral assistance.