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Mar
02
2017

Hazard Highlights

Heavy Rains Cause More Flooding in Tropical Cyclone Impacted Zimbabwe

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PDC Disaster Alert, centered on Zimbabwe, displaying PDC Active Hazards and Rainfall Accumulation (1 Day) layers.

Beginning on February 26, heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in Zimbabwe, affecting central, eastern, and southern areas of the country. Approximately nine inches (223 mm) of rain was recorded in Rupike (southern Zimbabwe) over a 24-hour period ending on February 27 (ERCC). On February 28, local authorities reported that much of southern Zimbabwe was receiving downpours of about four inches (100 mm) per day. One fatality was reported due to a landslide (Flood List).

On March 2, President Mugabe declared the floods a state of disaster. According to local authorities and media reports, thousands have been left homeless or stranded, as many homes, schools, roads, and bridges have been destroyed (All Africa, The Herald).

During the second half of February, heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Cyclone Dineo caused flooding in parts of Eastern Africa, including Zimbabwe (PDC Weather Wall, IFRC/ReliefWeb). Ongoing heavy rainfall and flooding has exacerbated conditions, as the ground is already saturated with water, forcing the most recent rainfall to become runoff (Relief Web).

RVA Country Profile: Zimbabwe

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This Week in Hazards

  • On February 28 and March 1, severe weather conditions, including more than 20 tornadoes, high winds, and hail, were reported across the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southern United States (The Weather Channel). Three fatalities– two in Illinois and one in Missouri–were reported. Damaged or destroyed homes, cars, and infrastructure were also reported (CNN).
  • Flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains continue in Indonesia. As of February 28, more than 24,000 people have been affected, including 17 dead, 10 injured, and 5,500 evacuated. According to local authorities, 8,600 houses have been damaged (ERCC). On March 1, in the Central Java villages of Kaliajir and Surengede, landslides occurred, prompting evacuations in other landslide-prone areas (Jakarta Post).
  • On February 27, heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in northern and central Chile. The National Emergency Office of the Ministry of Interior and Public Safety (ONEMI) reported three fatalities, 19 missing, 225 evacuated, and about 830 stranded people. An estimated 1.4 million people lost potable water services (ERCC, ECHO 27FEB17).

Current Hazard Warnings

Floods: Indonesia, United States (California, Idaho, Oregon), Chile, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana (Eastern Region), South Africa (Northeastern Region), Namibia (Eastern Region), Afghanistan, Pakistan (Northwestern Region)

Winter Storm: United States (Washington), Canada (Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories)

Extreme Temperature: Canada (Nunavut)

High Wind: Germany, Switzerland

Earthquake: Bolivia

Drought: Sri Lanka, Madagascar, United States (Southern Region, Northeastern Region)

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