Asia-Pacific Region 7 - 13 May, 2013, Natural Disasters and Other Events being monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific

  1. Marshall Islands - The Government has issued an elevated state of disaster due to the severe drought in northern parts of the country, affecting between 3,200 and 5,000 people. Assessments are ongoing and an UNDAC team has arrived in country. WASH is the priority as there is a priority need for safe drinking water.
    Source: OCHA

  2. Papua New Guinea - Heavy floods have affected Southern Highlands Province where 32,000 have been affected, of whom 24,00 are cut off from receiving assistance due to washed out roads and bridges. 6,000 people in Western Highlands Province are also affected.
    Source: OCHA

  3. Bangladesh, Myanmar, and India - A severe storm alert remains in effect as Tropical Cyclone Mahasen moves up the Bay of Bengal.
    Source: PDC, OCHA

  4. Bangladesh - The death toll from the Rana Plaza factory collapse passed 1,100 as of 13 May. It is the largest industrial accident in Bangladesh's history.
    Source: Media

  5. Solomon Islands - As of 8 May, over 4,800 cases of dengue have been reported. Six cases have resulted in death. The outbreak is ongoing with 88% of all reported cases in Honiara.
    Source: OCHA

  6. India - Seasonal storms have caused landslides and wind-related damage in NE India. In Tripura 10 were killed and 40 injured by landslides. In Mizoram, a massive landslide killed 8, left 11 missing, and damaged homes, while heavy winds destroyed nearly 300 houses. Source: Sphere India, OCHA

  7. Bangladesh - A severe local storm has killed 4 and affected 1,200 households in Bagerhat district.
    Source: OCHA

Precipitation Forecast - The latest forecasts predict above average levels of precipitation in the southern Philippines, as well as Borneo, Sulawesi, and Papua islands of Indonesia. Less than average rainfall is forecast throughout most of the South Pacific.
Source: IRI

Ongoing Emergencies:

China: Lushan Earthquake
Philippines: Typhoon Bopha
Myanmar: Rakhine State
Myanmar: Kachin State

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