Asia-Pacific Region 14 - 20 May, 2013, Natural Disasters and Other Events being monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific

  1. Bangladesh - Tropical Storm Mahasen struck southern districts on 16 May. The Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) is ongoing and preliminary findings are due to be presented tomorrow (21 May). 17 people have reportedly lost their lives, JNA results will provide a better understand of the impact of the cyclone on shelter and livelihoods.
    Source: PDC, OCHA Flash Update No. 7

  2. Myanmar - 120,000 people, mainly IDPs, were relocated in expectation of Tropical Storm Mahasen. Assessments have been conducted in affected areas and the humanitarian community is responding to the identified needs.
    Source: OCHA Flash Update No. 7

  3. Sri Lanka - Heavy rain and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Mahasen has killed eight, most in Central Province, and affected nearly 12,000. 150 houses were destroyed. Central and Sabaragamuwa are the worst affected areas.
    Source: OCHA, GoSL

  4. China - Flooding and landslides across 10 southern provinces have killed more than 50 people, with at least 16 still missing. Guangdong province has been hardest hit, with nearly 900,000 people affected after days of heavy rain. Media reports indicate that teams of relief workers have been sent to oversee the recovery efforts in the hardest hit areas.
    Source: Media

  5. Marshall Islands - Approximately 6,600 people are living in drought affected atolls. Strategic response plans have been developed for the Food Secuiryt, Health, and WASH clusters. Weather forecasts predict that dry conditions will persist in drought affected areas.
    Source: OCHA Sitrep No. 2

  6. Papua New Guinea - More than 20,000 people in Southern Highlands Province and an additional 6,000 in Western Highlands Province have been affected by heavy rains. One person has been killed.
    Source: OCHA

  7. Solomon Islands - As of 15 May, nearly 5,300 cases of dengue have been reported. Six cases have resulted in death. The outbreak is ongoing, however the number of cases reported last week (442) is the lowest weekly total reported to date. 86% of all reported cases are in Honiara.
    Source: OCHA

  8. Indonesia - Approximately 2,800 people were displaced following the eruption of Mt. Rokatenda on 14 May.
    Source: OCHA

Precipitation Forecast - The latest forecasts predict above average levels of precipitation across Indonesia. Less than average rainfall is forecasted throughout most of the South Pacific, particularly Nauru. There is also a chance of less than average rainfall in Myanmar, around Yangon.

Source: IRI

Ongoing Emergencies:
Philippines: Typhoon Bopha Myanmar: Rakhine State Myanmar: Kachin State

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