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Nov
21
2013

Hazard Highlights

Tropical Cyclones and Flooding

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Sea Surface Elevation

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Sea Surface Elevation

In the image above, PDC’s Global Hazards Atlas displays Sea Surface Elevation in meters.  The Sea Surface Elevation layer allows users to see how sea surface elevation varies around the world.  To access this layer, expand the “Ocean Observations” sub-folder, located inside the “Observations and Forecasts” folder in the Layer’s palette, or click on the image above.

Next, we take a look at the ongoing response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, as well as a Tropical Cyclone currently active in the Indian Ocean.

Typhoon Haiyan Response

PDC developed this map product showing the number of damaged or destroyed houses, at the municipality level, based on situation report 33, 21NOV13 1800 PHT by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management council of the Philippines. In areas of the darkest red, 20,000 to 65,000 houses were damaged or destroyed.

PDC developed this map product showing the number of damaged or destroyed houses, at the municipality level, based on situation report 33, 21NOV13 1800 PHT by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management council of the Philippines. In areas of the darkest red, 20,000 to 65,000 houses were damaged or destroyed.

Just over one million homes have been damaged or destroyed due to the effects of Haiyan. As of NDRRMC situation report 34, 4,015 people have been reported dead and over 10 million people affected. The estimates above only include municipalities that have reported, the total numbers continue to change as more information is collected. (NDRRMC) Power and telecommunications outages along with water supply shortages continue to affect several provinces (ECHO 20NOV13).

The Philippines was not the only country that was negatively impacted by Haiyan, below we take a closer look at ongoing flooding in Vietnam.

Vietnam Flooding

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Rainfall 7-Day Accumulation (inches).

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Rainfall 7-Day Accumulation (inches).

Haiyan caused heavy rains across central Vietnam, resulting in severe flooding in six provinces,Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh are the most affected (ECHO 21NOV13) Since November 17, flooding has left 42 people dead and has flooded an estimated 425,573 houses. (UN) As Vietnam and the Philippines work to recover from Haiyan, parts of India prepare for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Helen.

Tropical Cyclone Helen

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Estimated Tropical Cyclone Rainfall (TAOS)

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Estimated Tropical Cyclone Rainfall (TAOS)

Tropical Cyclone Helen is forecast to make landfall near Bhimavaram, India, within the next 12 hours. The Indian Meteorological Department issued a Red Warning for isolated areas of Heavy to Extremely Heavy rainfall in Coastal Andhra Pradesh.  Local media reports estimate that nearly 400,000 people may have to evacuate as Helen approaches. (ECHO 21NOV13) PDC continues to monitor disasters worldwide. Take a look below to see other hazard warnings around the world.

Current Hazard Warnings

Drought: United States

Flood: Australia (Tasmania), Saudi Arabia

Severe Weather: Canada (Yukon)

Tropical Storm: Haiyan (Response)

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