Asia-Pacific Region 2 - 9 April, 2013, Natural Disasters and Other Events being monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific
1. DPR Korea - Crisis Watch classifies the situation in DPR Korea as "deteriorating" in response to recent decisions by the authorities there to cut off communications with the Rep of Korea; an order to ensure its rockets are combat-ready and targeting US bases in the region, and its declaration that it was in a "state of war" with the Rep of Korea.
2. Myanmar - Crisis Watch classifies the situation as "deteriorating" in response to recent communal violence in Meikhtila which killed 43 and resulted in nearly 1,200 homes being destroyed by arson. A state of emergency was put in place in Meikhtila and Bago following sporadic acts of unrest.
Source: OCHA Sitrep, ICG
3. Indonesia - Fighting between Buddhist and Muslim asylum seekers from Myanmar at an Indonesian immigration on Sumatra, left eight people dead on 5 Apr.
4. Papua New Guinea - Two districts in Enga province were affected by floods which destroyed homes, schools, agricultural land and affected about 10,000 people. The National Disaster Centre is sending an assessment team on 9 Apr.
5. China - As of 9 Apr, 24 people have been infected with the H7N9 virus (bird flu) leading to the death of seven people, five of whom were in Shanghai.
6. Indonesia - A 7.1M earthquake struck Papua on 6 Apr causing landslides which killed two people.
Source: GDACS, OCHA
7. Malaysia/Philippines - The Filipino authorities report that over 6,600 people have arrived to the Philippines from Sabah since 5 March.
Source: OCHA, Media
8. Australia - Tropical Storm 22 is expected to further weaken as it moves along the western Australian coast Source: PDC
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 Source: IR
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