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Mar
21
2013

PDC Global Flood Survey

Continued Flooding in South America!

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PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and 7 day rainfall

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared this week National Flood Safety Awareness Week in the United States. In a news teleconference NOAA Deputy Director Laura Furgione said that this spring will be a mixture of drought, flooding and unseasonably warm weather across the nation. (White River News/Talk 1010) FEMA Deputy Director Karen Marsh added that all homes should have emergency kits for the possibility of flood or fires. This advice applies, regardless of where in the world you live.

Over the past week flooding events were observed on several continents and in many regions around the world, including North America (Iowa, Missouri), Australia (ongoing flooding events in Queensland and New South Wales), the United Kingdom (England), and South America (Brazil, Colombia, and Peru).

Below, let’s take a closer look at the continuing flooding in South America.

PDC Global Hazards Atlas centered on South America, displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and 7 day rainfall

Brazil: The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection office reports that on 17-18 March heavy rains caused floods and landslides in the mountainous Petropolis area of southeast Brazil. By 19 March, 16 people were reportedly killed by landslides, another 20 injured, and 560 displaced. (ECHO)

The latest weather forecast for Brazil indicates that a strong storm system will continue in southeastern Brazil and northeastern Argentina.

Peru: Heavy rains, 17-18 March, affected the province of Viru, causing flooding and impacting about 180 families in the Virtu and Chao districts (INDECI). Similarly heavy rains fell in Leoncio Prado province affecting 827 people in 173 households. (ECHO)

The latest weather forecast for Peru shows areas of continued precipitation, including thunderstorms.

Colombia: OCHA reported flooding last week in the Department of Choco. This week the flooding has spread to more districts of Choco, with approximately 48,600 people now affected. Reports indicate that by 21 March 280 homes had been destroyed as well. (ECHO)

The latest weather forecast for Colombia shows areas of continued precipitation, including thunderstorms.

Recent Flooding Events

Additional flooding-related events that have occurred recently:

  • England (UK Environment Agency)
    • Flood warnings still in effect: River Cober
    • More rainfall expected
    • All West Cornwall rivers affected
  • Australia (Bureau of Meteorology)
    • Moderate to major flood on Balonne River system
    • Major flooding for next several days at Whyenbah and Dirranbandi
    • Precipitation to continue (BOM)
    • Queensland flooding will continue into NSW (BOM)

Looking Ahead

PDC is currently monitoring flooding events/threats in: Australia, England, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and the United States (Iowa and Missouri).

PDC will continue to monitor areas of high precipitation and keep a close eye on flooding across the globe. Want to find the most up-to-date information on flooding and other hazards occurring in your neighborhood or around the world? Then be sure to download PDC’s free Disaster Alert mobile app available for your iOS or Android devices today! Also be sure to continue to monitor PDC on Twitter, Facebook, and by way of the Global Hazards Atlas.

PDC will continue to monitor areas of high precipitation and keep a close eye on flooding across the globe. Want to find the most up-to-date information on flooding and other hazards occurring in your neighborhood or around the world? Then be sure to download PDC’s free Disaster Alert mobile app available for your iOS or Android devices today! Also be sure to continue to monitor PDC on Twitter, Facebook, and by way of the Global Hazards Atlas.