For the thirty-sixth week of 2023, fourteen (14) disaster events reportedly affected the region. Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam have been reportedly affected. Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) of Indonesia reported floods in Aceh, North Sumatra, and South Sulawesi; drought in West Java; and M6.3 Earthquake in Central Sulawesi. Agensi Pengurusan Bencana Negara (NADMA) Malaysia reported that flooding occurred in Perak State. The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) Myanmar reported landslides in Hinthata Township. The Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported flooding caused by the Southwest Monsoon and localized thunderstorms have affected Region II and X in the Philippines. Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported floods in 16 Provinces across Northern, Northeastern, and Central Regions. Lastly, Viet Nam Disaster and Dyke Management Authority (VDDMA) reported storms and tornadoes in Long An.
According to Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, and Geofisika (BMKG), an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 at a depth of 10 km occurred on 9 September 2023 at 2143 HRS UTC+7, with epicentre location at about 50 km Northwest of Donggala (Central Sulawesi), Indonesia. There is NO Tsunami POTENTIAL for this earthquake. As of 10 September at 1750 HRS UTC+7, BNPB reported that the M6.3 earthquake in Central Sulawesi has impacted Donggala and Parigi Moutong. According to the report, around 7.2K persons (1.9K families) were affected and 2.9K persons (773 families) displaced to 11 evacuation centres; and 12 houses and 1 worship place were reportedly damaged. As of reporting, relevant government authorities have carried out necessary actions, including data collection on the impacts and damages (ongoing), to address the situation.
For the past week, data from the ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) showed moderate to high 7-day average rainfall spreading across Brunei Darussalam; Lao PDR; Cambodia; northern Sumatra, northern Kalimantan, and Papua in Indonesia; Peninsular, Sabah, and Sarawak Malaysia; Central and Coastal parts of Myanmar; Luzon in the Philippine; and Central parts of Viet Nam. As of reporting, Tropical Disturbance INVEST 92W was estimated, based on all available data, at 435 km South-Southeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa. Global forecast models show that INVEST 92W will drift slowly southward over the next 2 days with no significant development (JTWC).
Seven (7) significant earthquakes (M>5.0) were recorded by Indonesia’s BMKG and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS). Mount Ibu (alert level II) in Indonesia, and Mayon (alert level 3), Taal (alert level 1), and Kanlaon (alert level 1) in the Philippines reported recent volcanic activity according to Indonesia’s Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (PVMBG) and PHIVOLCS.
According to the ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC), for the coming week, drier conditions are predicted over much of the southern ASEAN region, with the highest likelihood over the southwestern part of the region; warmer conditions are expected over most of the southern ASEAN region. For the regional assessment of extremes, there is a small increase in chance for a very heavy rainfall event to occur in the parts of southern Myanmar and northeast Thailand; a small increase in chance for extreme hot conditions to occur in Western Maritime Continent and parts of Java. El Niño conditions are predicted to strengthen over the next few months. At the seasonal timescale during September to November, El Niño events bring drier conditions to much of the ASEAN region.
ASEAN Disaster Monitoring & Response System (DMRS); ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC); Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC);
Indonesia: BNPB, BMKG, PVMBG;
Philippines: NDRRMC, PHIVOLCS;
Viet Nam: VDDMA;
Various news agencies.