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ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 13 - 19 August 2018

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Regional Summary of Week 33 and Outlook for Week 34

1) In Week 33, the AHA Centre observed drought reports in southern part of ASEAN region, effect of Tropical Storm (TS) Bebinca, and increased earthquake & volcano activities.

2) Drought events have been reported in several locations of Borneo and Java.

3) TS Bebinca brought torrential rain, and consequently floods and landslides in Viet Nam, Lao PDR, and Thailand. Thousands of people remain displaced due to flooding in effect of southwest monsoon in Philippines (NDRRMC, DSWD).

4) Two strong earthquakes were recorded in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB)
Province, Indonesia, on 19 Aug 2018. A M 6.5 earthquake occurred at 11.10 hrs (UTC+7) and a M 6.9 at 21.56 hrs (UTC +7), regencies and city in Lombok Island exposed to intensity VI-VII of tremor. BNPB has reported additional damages due to M 6.5 and M 6.9 earthquakes. At least nine other moderate earthquakes (> M 4.5) recorded in the NTB province, which is still in emergency response period due to previous strong earthquakes.

5) The AHA Centre also monitored a M 6.7 earthquake in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) on 17 Aug and a M 4.9 earthquake in West Sumatra on 19 Aug (BMKG). No casualties and damages reported due to the earthquake source depth. Meanwhile, there were no damaging earthquakes recorded in the Philippines (PHIVOLCS).

6) The AHA Centre also monitored the increased activities of Mount Anak Krakatau in Sunda Strait, Indonesia, i.e. 576 minor eruptions (PVMBG). There is no change in alert level of Indonesian volcanoes. In the Philippines, Mount Mayon and Kanlaon remain at Alert Level 2.

7) ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) activated Alert Level 2 for southern ASEAN region on 13 Aug, due to increasing dry weather. Meanwhile, rainy weather will continue to prevail over the northern ASEAN region.

8) All disasters occurred in Week 33 were still within the capacity of each Member State.