||A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the province of Masbate in the Bicol Region at 8.03 a.m. local time on 18 August. Tectonic in origin, the tremor was felt in the entire Bicol region and in several provinces in the Visayas. The epicenter was located five kilometers southwest of Cataingan town at a depth of 21 kilometres (revised from initial 1 kilometre) and was followed by over 50 shallower aftershocks with a maximum of 4.2-magnitude. Initial government reports indicate one fatality and 25 injured, though numbers are still expected to increase.
||A flash flood washed away 29 houses and damaged 64 houses in South Bolaang Mongondow district, North Sulawesi province on Saturday, 1 August 2020. Prior to the flash flood, communities were already dealing with floods due to continuous heavy rain since 26 July. The flash flood was triggered by heavy rainfall that lasted from 18.45 to 19.05 on 31 July causing several rivers in the area, such as Bolangaso, Toluaya, Salongo, Nunuka, Mongolidia and Milangodaadan, to overflow.
||Due to heavy rain and the raising of Ayeyarwady river, villages in rural area of Amarapura are common every year. In July 2020, the Ayeyarwady River water level had been rising especially in Amarapuya township, where a broken dyke nearby Sagaing-Mandalay Highway on evening of 19th July caused a sudden rise of water level in downstream located nearby township and villages. About 200 household were immediately evacuated in downstream areas by MRCS branch RCVs, in coordination with GAD and local authorities.
||Melawi, Ketapang and Sintang, West Kalimantan:
Heavy rainfall along with strong winds have caused flooding in several districts in West Kalimantan province commencing on Wednesday, 8 July 2020. By 16 July water levels had receded in two districts, Kapuas Hulu and Sanggau but three districts, including Melawi, Sintang and Ketapang, were still inundated, with water levels ranging from 200 - 700 cm. The flooding in Melawi district is due to the overflowing of Melawi and Pinoh rivers which have submerged residential areas in 9 sub-districts. Approximately 16,971 HH (65,531 People) have been affected, and 6 houses have been severely damaged. The worst flood impacts have been felt in Sayan, Tanah Pinoh, and Sokan sub-districts.
North Luwu and Wajo districts, South Sulawesi:
High intensity rainfall, starting in North Luwu District on 13 Jul 2020, has prompted the overflowing of three rivers, Masamba, Rongkang, and Radda causing flooding in the sub-districts of Masamba, Sabbang, Baebunta, South Baebunta, Malangke, and West Malangke. Badan Meteorologi Klimatologi dan Geofisika (BMKG; The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency) forecasted potential heavy rainfall in the region between 13-19 July 2020, especially in Masamba area, North Luwu and has warned for more flooding. This warning of potential heavy rainfall event could worsen the situation and disrupt ongoing evacuation, and search and rescue operations.
||A large-scale movement of people from Sabah, Malaysia to the Philippines commenced on 30 June 2020. Some 5,300 Filipinos are expected to return in groups of up to 400 people in 15-day intervals. Zamboanga City, where a PRC Chapter is also present, serves as processing area for the Returning Filipinos from Sabah. Returnees are being COVID-19 tested in Malaysia pre-departure and go into quarantine upon their arrival in the Philippines, either in Zamboanga City or in their home provinces. PRC staff and volunteers from the local chapters have access to the returnees in the quarantine facilities and are undertaking assessments. Returnees have been in detention in Sabah for 6 to 12 months pre-return.
A total of 395 people arrived in the first group of returns of which 306 are from Tawi-Tawi, 35 from Sulu, 13 from Basilan, 12 from Zamboanga City, eight from Zamboanga del Norte, five from Zamboanga del Sur, four from Zamboanga Sibugay, and 12 others are from other cities and provinces while two each from General Santos City and La Union and one each from Cebu, Negros Occidental, Davao City, Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur, Bohol, Cavite and Siquijor. The first group of returnees is comprised of men, women and children and while some are in family groups, many have returned as individuals. Disaggregated data is still being collected.
||A huge pile of muddy waste collapsed into an open pit at a jade mine in Hpakant area of Kachin state-Myanmar on 2 July 2020. The collapse was triggered by several days of rain that saturated the ground which caused the mudslide.
||• Since Saturday 27 June, intense rain has caused flooding in 11 districts of Sabah, affecting 152 villages and leaving 1,210 people affected.
• According to Government reports as 9am today, 705 people involving 220 families were relocated in nine relief centres in the most affected districts of Tenom, Kota Belud, Papar, Beaufort and Penampang.
• Floods have also been reported since 29 June in the neighbouring state of Sarawak, where heavy rain has hit remote areas in the districts of Baram, Marudi, Long Lama, Lawas and Limbang. According to Barama Peoples action committee 1,000 people in the rural Long Panai settlement are isolated.
||A damaged motorboat carrying 99 migrants was identified as stranded around 4 miles from the coastline of Seunudoen, North Aceh on Wednesday, 24 June 2020. Based on a rapid assessment undertaken by Palang Merah Indonesia’s (PMI) Lhokseumawe branch, it is thought that the 99 passengers include 53 women, 18 men, 17 girls, 11 boys (including one infant). After being rescued from the boat on Lancok Coast, North Aceh District, the passengers were transferred to a transitional shelter owned by the Lhokseumawe City government, located in Punteut village, Blang Mangat Subdistrict, Lhokseumawe City. The migrants are orginally from Rakhine State, Myanmar; however, prior to their journey to Indonesia, they had been forcibly displaced and were living in the displacement camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
||Heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms affected the country since 17 May, leading to casualties and damage.
According to ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre), 1,115 people have been affected and 223 houses damaged across northern, northeastern, and central provinces.
||A severe weather warning covering the period May-June has been issued by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG, Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika) covering several parts of Indonesia, including Aceh, Riau, Riau Islands, Bengkulu, South Sumatra, West Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi, and several parts of Kalimantan. The BMKG warning indicated that heavy rain would continue until the end of May 2020 in East Kalimantan, particularly in the northern area where the upstream of Karang Mumus river is located.
In line with this forecast, heavy and intense rain on Thursday to Friday( 21 to 22 May 2020) has submerged 11 villages of eight sub-districts in Samarinda city, East Kalimantan province. In addition to the heavy rainfall, the flooding was triggered by a rise in water level at the Karang Mumus river and Benanga dam. Responding to this event, the mayor of Samarinda city has declared a 14-day emergency response period from 22 May – 4 June 2020.
||At 12:30 on 11 May 2020, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) informed that the Tropical Cyclone (TC) Amphan has formed in Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal where it was expected to intensify into severe cyclone category. Currently existing at about 530 miles southwest of Paradadip (Odisha, India), about 615 miles south-southwest of Digha (India), about 675 miles southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh) and 605 miles southwest of Pathein (Myanmar). On 18 May 2020, the system strengthened to extreme severe tropical cyclone as category 5, heading towards eastern India and Bangladesh. The indirect impact is expected in Myanmar on 20 May 2020.
||According to the PAGAS as of 04:00 local time on 14 May 2020, Typhoon Vongfong is approximately 230 km east of the Catarman, Northern Samar, moving west at 15 kph. On entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), it has been locally named “Ambo”. PAGASA reports that Ambo has maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the centre and gustiness of up to 185 kph. It has rapidly intensified from a severe tropical storm into a Category 3 typhoon over the past 12 hours. Tropical wind signal #3 has been raised over Luzon, Mindanao and the Visayas (Eastern and Northern Samar). The trajectory of the weather disturbance is currently forecast to make landfall over the northeastern part of Northern Samar province, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII) in the afternoon of 14 May 14, 2020, before moving towards Sorsogon province, Bicol (Region V).
||Drought conditions are being reported in the MIMAROPA Region, Region IX, and Region XII, BARMM and Metro Manila, where ten provinces have declared a State of Calamity according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
||On 6 February 2019, the Department of Health (DOH) declared a "measles outbreak" in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 3 (Central Luzon). On the 7 February 2019, DOH announced that the measles outbreak had spread to more areas in Luzon and Visayas in CALABARZON, Region 6 (Western Visayas) and Region 7 (Central Visayas). Unconfirmed reports from DOH report around 72 deaths among more than 2,000 cases of measles nationwide. While according to San Lazaro Hospital Epidemiology Department (Special National Hospital Medical Center for Infectious Diseases with a 500-bed capacity), there are 1,187 reported suspected measles cases in Metro Manila since January 2019, with 55 deaths. On 5 February 2019, at least 248 children and 21 adults were being treated for measles in the hospital. Most of the confirmed deaths are children aged three months to four years old. (IFRC, 8 Feb 2019)
||Since 24 April, heavy rain has been affecting north Laos (particularly the Luang Prabang Province), triggering floods and causing casualties. Media report, as of 29 April, at least 3 fatalities, and 4 people still missing in the area of Kiawtaloun Village (Luang Prabang Province).
||The new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19), has originated in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with some causing less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others more severe disease such as MERS and SARS. Authorities have reported as of April 20 more than 19 total cases, with over 0 deaths.
||The new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19), has originated in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with some causing less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others more severe disease such as MERS and SARS. Authorities have reported as of April 20 more than 111 total cases, with over 5 deaths.
||The new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19), has originated in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with some causing less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others more severe disease such as MERS and SARS. Authorities have reported as of April 20 more than 122 total cases, with over 0 deaths.
||The new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19), has originated in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with some causing less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others more severe disease such as MERS and SARS. Authorities have reported as of April 20 more than 138 total cases, with over 1 deaths.
||The new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19), has originated in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with some causing less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others more severe disease such as MERS and SARS. Authorities have reported as of April 20 more than 268 total cases, with over 0 deaths.