Asia-Pacific region 22 - 28 January, 2013 - Natural disasters and other events being monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific
Philippines - TC Bopha (Pablo) struck the southern Philippines in early December. The risk of floods and landslides due to heavy rains persists in typhoon-affected areas hampering humanitarian activities. The revised Action Plan was launched in Manila on 25 January asking for US$76 million. A low pressure area continues to affect areas in Mindanao causing flash floods and a landslide affecting nearly 40,000 people.
Bangladesh - A cold wave which affected more than 2 million households around the country. A total of almost 50 million BDT cash grant has been distributed from Government during the full cold-wave spell, starting December last year. Around 728,962 blankets in cold wave vulnerable districts of all seven division were distributed, of which 58,700 has been support from UN agencies.
Sri Lanka - Starting mid December, torrential rain caused flash floods and landslides in almost every district of the country. 447,000 have been affected, 50,000 displaced and 45 killed. Clusters reported the urgent need to restock emergency items, especially food.
Source: OCHA, DMC
India -Extreme cold weather in northern India has killed 233, according to media reports. Many of the dead are the homeless and elderly.
Fiji, Samoa - TC Evan struck Samoa and Fiji between 13-17 Dec. Both Samoa and Fiji are transitioning from humanitarian response to early recovery and rehabilitation. 2,729 houses have been destroyed or severely damaged affecting approximately 17,000 people.
Papua New Guinea - Mount Tavurvur in East New Britain province has shown signs of volcanic activity spewing thick clouds of ashes and vapor. The renewed eruptive activity is affecting flow of business and travel to East New Britain. Air travel to the province has been suspended indefinitely. OCHA is monitoring the situation. Source: OCHA
Indonesia - Heavy rain caused landslides in West Sumatra's Agam district. 16 have been killed, 9 remain missing. Source:BNPB
Indonesia - Continuous rain caused flooding in central, east and west Jakarta. 4,599 remain displaced and 34 have been killed. While flood water is receding, heavy to medium rain fall is expected until mid-February.
Source: OCHA, The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG)
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