Asia-Pacific Region 18 - 24 December, 2012, Natural Disasters and Other Events being monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific
Philippines - TC Bopha (Pablo) struck the southern Philippines about 3 weeks ago. Nearly 834,000 people remain displaced, of whom almost 12,000 are in 43 evacuation centers. The rest are staying outside of the centers. As of 21 Dec, 1,050 people are reported as dead and another 838 are missing. A large international response is underway, in support of the government. Emergency Shelter is the highest priority need.
Fiji - TC Evan has caused widespread damage across areas in western Fiji. There are currently over 2,700 people in evacuation centers, down from a peak of nearly 12,000 on 20 Dec. Essential services are slowly being restored. International aid organizations are supporting the government to provide assistance in the areas of shelter, health, and WASH.
Samoa - TC Evan has struck Samoa killing four and leaving 5,500 people in evacuation centers. A shortage of water, food, power, and sanitation facilities has been reported in some centers.
Myanmar - Over 115,000 people remain displaced in Rakhine state with only 44 percent of the $68 million appeal funded. Government authorities have agreed to establish a 'coordination cell' in the capital Sittwe as means of improving the government and humanitarian community coordination mechanism.
Sri Lanka - Heavy rain, high winds and landslides continue to affect over 222.000 people in 18 districts. More than 17,000 people are displaced to 92 evacuation centres. The GoSL reports 39 people have died and 12 are missing.
Wallis and Fortuna (France) - TC Evan struck the island of Wallis, knocking out power and damaging homes and public buildings. The French Red Cross, Frech Overseas Ministry, and resources from New Caledonia have been deployed to assess the needs and support the recovery.
Vanuatu - An earthquake measuring 6.8 M struck on 22 Dec.
There are no reports of damages.
Source: PDC, USGS Precipitation Forecast - The latest forecast generally predicts normal rainfall across the Asia-Pacific region. There is a chance of greater than average rainfall in the northern Philippines, Borneo, and across Micronesia.
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