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May
16
2013

PDC Global Flood Survey

Flooding in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka!

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and accumulated rainfall for the past 7 days.

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and accumulated rainfall for the past 7 days.

Flooding continues throughout the world. River flooding in North Dakota and the Middle Mississippi Valley is expected to continue through next week (NWS). Over the past week, PDC also monitored floods in Africa (Kenya, Uganda), Australia, Canada (Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec), Europe (England, France), India, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, United States (Hawaii, South Carolina, Virginia), and Tasmania.

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!

Below, we take a closer look at recent flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Mahasen!

Recent Flooding Event: Sri Lanka

PDC Global Hazards Atlas centered on Sri Lanka displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and accumulated rainfall for the past 7 days.

PDC Global Hazards Atlas centered on Sri Lanka displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and accumulated rainfall for the past 7 days.

Heavy rains related to Tropical Cyclone Mahasen caused flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka. Over 3,000 people were displaced and seven dead (OCHA).  Evacuations occurred in the Gampaha and Colombo districts where 5,000 people were evacuated from their homes (ECHO).

The latest forecast for Sri Lanka shows a decrease in the amount of precipitation over the next few days (Weather Underground).

Recent Flooding Event: Bangladesh

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

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

In preparation for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Mahasen, Bangladesh evacuated over 1 million people from coastal areas. Storm surge caused flooding in 5 different districts (Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Nohakhali, and Laxmipur). (OCHA)

The latest forecast for Bangladesh shows little to no precipitation expected for the next few days (Weather Underground).

Looking Ahead

PDC is also currently monitoring flooding events in: Bangladesh, Canada, England, Kenya, Southern Somalia, Tasmania, Trinidad and Tobago, 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.

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 At