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ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 27 August - 2 September 2018

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Regional Summary of Week 35 and Outlook for Week 36

1) In Week 35, the AHA Centre observed floods and landslides in the northern part of the ASEAN region (Philippines, Viet Nam, and Myanmar), which is in stark contrast with drought occurrences in southern part of ASEAN.

2) The flood situation in Myanmar was exacerbated due to dam breach in Bago region that forced thousands of people to evacuate.

3) The AHA Centre also monitored eight earthquakes with magnitude > M 5.0 in Indonesia (BMKG) and one earthquake in Philippines (PHIVOLCS). No damages and casualties reported due to felt earthquakes in the ASEAN region throughout Week 35 (BNPB; NDRRMC). Recovery efforts to the 2018 Lombok Earthquake is continuing with more than USD 17 million funds already disbursed (BNPB).

4) Volcanic activities in ASEAN region are generally stable, with no changes on alert levels of all volcanoes in Indonesia and Philippines (PVMBG; PHIVOLCS).

5) As of 2 September 2018, ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) downgrade Alert Level 2 to Level 1 for the southern ASEAN region; i.e. hotspot activities in southern part of ASEAN are expected to be generally subdued. Shower activities are expected to continue in the next few days, with an increase in rainfall over the northern ASEAN region.

6) All disasters occurred in Week 35 were within the capacity of each Member State