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May
02
2013

PDC Global Flood Survey

Flooding in Eastern Africa and China!

Global 3 Day Rainfall

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and accumulated rainfall for the past 3 days

This week we continued to see flooding events occurring in many parts of the world! Flooding events were observed in England, Canada, the United States, Australia, China, Saudi Arabia, and Africa. In eastern Africa, the threat of flooding remains for many places, including eastern Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya, as additional rains are forecast. This week we will take a closer look at the recent flooding events in Uganda, Kenya and China!

To learn more about floods and other types of natural hazards, check out the PDC’s Natural Hazards webpage! Want to know what hazards are occurring around the world or near you? Then, don’t forget to download the free Disaster Alert mobile app available for your iOS or Android devices!

Recent Flooding Events: Uganda and Kenya

Africa 7 Day Rainfall

PDC Global Hazards Atlas centered on Uganda, displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and accumulated rainfall for the past 7 days

Flooding continues in western Uganda and Kenya.  In Uganda, hundreds of people became stranded and many homes inundated due to the overflow of the Nyamwamba River (ReliefWeb/New Vision). In Kenya, over 8,000 people were evacuated as a result of the overflow of the Tana River, also resulting in the inundation of hundreds of homes (ReliefWeb/Kenya Daily Nation).

According to the most recent Africa Hazards Outlook, precipitation in East Africa is expected to weaken in early May. However, the risk of flooding for southwestern Kenya persists due to the lingering potential for heavy rainfall (NOAA/CPC).

Recent Flooding Events: China
China 7 Day Rainfall

PDC Global Hazards Atlas focused on south eastern China displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and accumulated rainfall for the past 7 days

Following heavy rainfall which started on April 28, seven provinces in south eastern China have experienced flooding, including Guangxi (the heaviest hit province), Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou, and Chongqing.  At least 16 people have been reported killed, 6 of whom were killed in Guangxi. Additionally, an estimated 2,600 houses have collapsed and over 10,000 were damaged. (ECHO)

The latest forecast for Guangxi, China shows areas of continued precipitation for the rest of the week.

Looking Ahead

PDC is currently monitoring flooding events/threats in: Australia, Canada, China, England, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Uganda and the United States.

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.

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 At