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Mt. Kelud erupts. East Java blanketed in ash – Indonesia

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Mt. Kelud, located about 50km west of the city of Malang, erupted on 13 February, shooting a column of smoke and ash about 10km into the air and people in a radius of 10km have been evacuated. Ash rains started to descend in the early morning hours and winds have ...

Vietnam braces for Typhoon Nari

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Typhoon Nari is forecast to strike Vietnam at approximately 18:00 GMT today -  14 October. This information is supplied by the US Navy and the Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggests that the point of landfall will be near 16.1 N, 108.6 E. Nari is expected to bring maximum ...

Singapore/Malaysia Haze update

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The regional haze map released by Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) showed thick smoke/smog emanating from open burning for land clearing in Riau, Central Sumatra, Indonesia and wind blowing from southwest has brought haze to the central and southern parts of peninsular Malaysia. According to a statement issued by the ...

Floods in Jakarta

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Update on the current flood situation in the Indonesian capital. Floods which hit Jakarta since this week have spread to other areas inside the capital. The government has announced a state of emergency until January 27th and has various contingency plans in place. Right now, according to sources inside the government, ...

Bangkok’s 2nd airport closed by floods

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Bangkok's second airport, Don Muang, has been closed due to floods causing a cancellation of many domestic flights. The airport also houses the government's recently established emergency Flood Relief Operations Center, and one of its terminals has been converted into an overcrowded shelter filled with tents for about 4,000 people ...

Cambodia Floods update

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Siem Reap – water levels are receding, weather is good and the flooding that was plaguing the old market area and Pub Street has gone and the roads are dry. Access to all floating villages including Chong Kneas is not a problem. Sambor Prei Kuk – its still problematic to visit this ...

Update on the flooding in Siem Reap and surrounding provinces

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Siem Reap Area. The Siem Reap River, Old Market Area and Pub Street are now submerged in around 30 centimetres of slow moving water; it is safe to walk around the area though if you don't mind getting wet! Travel by tuk tuk, van and larger vehicles is still possible. Temples of ...

Flooding in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Over the past few days Siem Reap and surrounding provinces have experienced heavy rain and flooding in many areas, including the centre of the tourist town of Siem Reap. Banteay Srey Temple and Kbal Spean have been blocked by floodwaters and will remain inaccessible for at least the next few days. ...

Malaysian Dive Spots to reopen

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Nine dive spots in Malaysia that were closed in June last year are expected to be re-opened soon. The dive spots were closed after coral reefs in the vicinity were bleached. The exact reason for the bleaching is not known but speculation is that the change in sea temperature and ...

Storms in Thailand

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The recent storm which brought heavy rain to the Northern and Eastern provinces of Thailand is heading south and is currently over Koh Samui.  There have been some torrential downpours and strong winds, resulting in some parts of the island having their electricity supply cut off.  Internet connections on the ...

Coral Bleaching: Malaysia bans divers in bid protect reefs

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Malaysia is renowned for its wonderful marine world and nearly half a million divers come here every year to admire some of the world’s most popular diving sites. The attention is fantastic as it helps raise awareness of some of the problems associated with global warming, yet on the other ...

Vietnam, Cambodia clean up after deadly storms

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

A massive clean up is continuing across Indochina after typhoon Ketsana left a destructive path through central Vietnam and Cambodia. The storm destroyed or damaged nearly 170,000 homes and flattened crops in six Vietnamese provinces, officials said, while more than 350,000 people were evacuated from the typhoon's path. The coastal resort town ...

Typhoon hits central Vietnam

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

The central coast of Vietnam was struck by Typhoon Ketsana this afternoon, Tuesday 29 September, with strong winds of up to 150km/h (93mph) and heavy rain causing some damage. The airports in Danang and Hue were closed today, however, they are expected to reopen tomorrow and resume normal service.  This ...