- Strong wind, heavy rain, and snow has been affecting Lebanon, causing flash floods that resulted in casualties and damage.
- As of 17 January at 8.00 UTC, media report that two people have died (one in Sidon District and one in Tyre District, southern Lebanon), one person is missing and nine people have been injured due to storm related events.
- Humanitarian agencies supported by DG ECHO are responding to acute emergency needs resulting from the storm.
Asia-Pacific remains the world's most disaster-prone region and, in 2018, natural disasters once again affected millions of people. During the year the region experienced a number of sudden-onset disasters that prompted international responses, including Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga (February), a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea (February), Tropical Storm Son Tinh in Lao PDR (August), Cyclone Mangkhut in the Philippines (September) and a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province (October).
According to the World Meteorological Organization, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 were the four hottest years on record since 1880 (NOAA, 2018; WMO, 2018). Such rising temperatures are expected to affect agricultural systems significantly and also strain food production (WEF, 2018). It is critical for the 2.5 billion people worldwide depending on agriculture and its subsectors – i.e. crop, livestock, fisheries and forestry − as their main source of livelihoods (FAO, 2017).
The first draft of the Joint Response Plan GRP) was presented by the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) and Sector coordinators to the Strategic Executive Group (SEG) and the Government of Bangladesh.
The construction of a Shelter/NFI Distribution Point in Camp 20 extension has been completed and is ready for the launch of Shelter's Phase III programme.
New Health Facilities in Camp 15 and Camp 18 provide essential health services to refugees and host communities.
Regional Summary of Week 2, and Outlook for Week 3
Violent storms and flash flooding triggered by heavy rain have affected the south east African countries of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique over the last few days. Over 20 people have reportedly died since 09 January, 2019.
Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) reported on 11 January that flash floods in the capital Lilongwe, Central Region, have caused severe material damage, affecting around 600 people. No fatalities have been reported.
…Two people go missing, feared dead
…Minister pays a visit, says there is need to find lasting solution to flooding
A preliminary report indicates that a total of 179 households (approximately 984 people) have been affected by flash floods that occurred on Thursday, 10th January, 2019, in areas around Biwi, Mchesi, Kawale, Kaliyeka, 22, 24, and 36 in Lilongwe City.
Following the floods, two people have gone missing and are feared to be dead.
CLUSTER SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
SO1: Contribute to the protection of newly displaced people and those affected by natural hazards. (NFIs, ESKs)
SO2: Improve the living conditions of the protracted internally displaced persons (Transitional shelters, NFIs)
SO3: Facilitate access to durable solutions for IDPs that are willing to locally integrate or return (Permanent shelters)
After confirming that medical institutions and health centres are functioning at regular capacity once again, AMDA ended its relief activities in Kilinochchi District on the 4th January.
On 02 January, Kilinochchi District Government ended its mobile medical service in Kilinochchi as most of the evacuation centers have closed. St. John Ambulance Sri Lanka, which had been working jointly with AMDA since the onset of the flooding, also decided to stop its relief assistance accordingly. AMDA decided to continue relief activities for the affected people after going back to their home.
The Red Cross Red Crescent across the Asia Pacific region and in the Middle East have been helping people prepare for and cope with damaging extreme seasonal-weather – ranging from extreme cold and snow to storms and flash floods.
Most recently the ICRC in Lebanon yesterday tweeted that Storm Norma had left almost 600 Syrian refugee families in Aarsal, in the north-east of the country, one of the worst affected areas, without bread or fuel for heating.
Representatives from the Relief and Community Health Bureau, Thai Red Cross Society led by the Vice President of Prachuap Khiri Khan Red Cross Chapter and Hua Hin Red Cross District Branch’s team, donated 450 relief kits to people who were affected by floods in Bang Saphan District and Bang Saphan Noi District, on 9 November 2018.
The relief team also distributed another 1,150 relief kits and set up a mobile kitchen at Bang Saphan Wittaya School on 10 November 2018, to cook hot meals for those who were affected by flash floods.
On 31st December 2018, the second relief team, consisting of AMDA Sri Lanka, St. John Ambulance Sri Lanka and the AMDA nurse, arrived at Kilinochchi, a northern province of Sri Lanka. (Kilinochchi is one of the worst-affected districts by flooding and where the first team had conducted relief activities.)
by Zafran Packeerally
Sri Lanka Red Cross / 2019-01-08 16:43
Due to the incessant rain which prevailed in the Northern part of Sri Lanka, many people were displaced and were housed in temporary shelters. People living in flood affected areas lost their homes and livelihoods as well. According to reports over 100,000 people were affected.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
Tropical Storm Soulik was formed off the coast of Guam on 16 August 2018 as a small storm and gradually grew to a medium-sized typhoon. On 23 August 2018, 6 a.m. local time, Typhoon Soulik began arcing towards the Korean Peninsula. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, Soulik struck the southern island of Jeju in South Korea in the early morning of 23 August, causing heavy rain and gale force winds.