Asia-Pacific region 12 - 18 February, 2013 - Natural disasters and other events being monitored by the OCHA Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific
Solomon Islands - A tsunami triggered by a large quake has struck the Santa Cruz islands (Temotu Province). Official reports show 394 houses were destroyed and 371 were damaged. 3,329 people are affected with 2,434 living in camps. 10 people were killed and 13 injured. The supply of safe drinking water remains a concern. Also, gov and NGO emergency stocks have been depleted. Source: OCHA
Indonesia - Floods in North Sulawesi have killed 8 and injured 2. Nearly 1,300 houses were flooded. Local authorities are leading the response.
Philippines - A 6.2M earthquake struck southwest of the island of Mindanao on 16 Feb. There are no reports of casualties or damages.
Source: PDC, GDACS
Precipitation Forecast - The latest forecast predicts a slightly higher than average chance for greater than normal precipitation in across much of SE Asia and Melanesia. A higher chance of increased rainfall is predicted for the Maldives. Lower than average rainfall is predicted for most of Kiribati and Tuvalu.