Asia-Pacific Region 26 March - 1 April, 2013, Natural Disasters and Other Events being monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific
Myanmar - According to the Gov, clashes on 20 Mar over a local dispute in Meikhtila, Mandalay Region resulted in 40 fatalities and 61 injured. Reports indicate that life in Meikhtila is slowly returning to normal, although the atmosphere is cautious and the state of emergency remains in place for four townships. Nearly 13,000 people were displaced and nearly 1,600 houses destroyed by arson. The Gov estimates a cost of $7 million to complete a planned resettlement process.
Myanmar - Tensions are on the rise in other parts of the country, as sporadic unrest continued to spread in west Bago. Attacks on religious buildings and shops in the townships of Nattalin, Thegon, and Zigon were reported on 27-28 Mar resulting in curfews.
Indonesia - Heavy rain has caused flooding and landslides in Bandung, West Java, displacing nearly 6,500 families. A landslide on The Government has set up public kitchens, command and health posts. On 25 Mar a landslide killed 13 with 3 others still missing.
Source: AHA, BNPB, BPBD, OCHA
Bangladesh - A tornado hit the northern district of Naogan on 30 Mar, leaving 3 people dead, around 30 injured, 120 houses badly damaged, and 600 people homeless across 50 villages. Damage to crops and missing livestock are also reported. Bangladesh's Department of Disaster Management is assisting and no external support is requested. Tornados are common during the country's two cyclone season (April - May and September to November).
Malaysia/Philippines - A Malaysian military operation continues in Sabah state to capture soldiers of the "Royal Sulu Army" who landed there on 9 Feb. The Filipino Crisis Management Committee reported that almost 5,000 people have arrived to the Philippines from Sabah since 5 March. In the Southern Philippines, the Government distributed food and provided shelter. In Malaysia, the Government, Red Crescent and Mercy Malaysia provided food.
Source: OCHA, Media
China - A massive landslide has buried a copper mine in Maizhokunggar county in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. 17 bodies have been recovered and 66 are still missing.
Source: Media Precipitation Forecast - The latest forecast predicts average levels of precipitation around the region. There is a chance of below average rainfall in Tuvalu and Tokelau
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