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Asia-Pacific Region 2 - 8 July, 2013 - Natural Disasters and Other Events being monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific



A 6.2M earthquake struck Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province, North West Sumatra, followed by several aftershocks. As of 5 Jul, the National Agency for Disaster Management has reported 35 deaths, and 275 injured. 4,292 houses and 83 public or community buildings are reported damaged or destroyed.
Source: OCHA Sitrep, 5 July 2013


Despite continued heavy rains over the weekend, the search and rescue phase of the Uttarakhand floods and landslides are now deemed over. The government has taken a number of measures to alleviate the situation for the affected people, including food assistance packages, compensation for damages, and waiving of utility charges and fees.
Source: Sphere India Sitrep No. 6, 8 July 2013


A dengue fever outbreak in the Lao PDR, with as many as 17,500 reported cases in all provinces, has so far caused 62 reported deaths, with provinces in the far north-west, centre and far south of the country worst affected. The situation is expected to worsen as the rainy season is just starting and previous epidemics have historically peaked in Aug/Sep. The Lao government is working on a response plan.
Source: UN


An earthquake of 7.2M struck on 8 Jul offshore, east of New Ireland, followed by an earthquake of 6.8M which struck West New Britain a few hours later. No immediate reports of damage, or casualties have yet been received. There were no tsunami warnings issued.
Source: OCHA, PDC


Tropical Storm Soulik formed south of Japan on 7 Jul and is moving westwards towards Okinawa prefecture, where it is projected to pass on 12 Jul with wind speeds of up to 175 km/h (Category 2), with up to 100,000 people affected. Current indications suggest continental landfall in eastern China on 13/14 Jul.
Source: PDC, GDACS

Precipitation Forecast - The latest precipitation forecast predicts rainfall generally close to historical levels over the coming three-month period.
Source: IRI

Ongoing Emergencies

Myanmar: Rakhine State
Myanmar: Kachin State


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