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Apr
20
2017

Hazard Highlights

Heavy Rains, Flooding, and Landslides in South America Continue

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PDC Disaster Alert, centered on northwestern South America, displaying PDC Active Hazards and Rainfall Accumulation (1 Day)

Heavy Rains batter South American countries causing floods and landslides.

As of April 17, floods and continuous rains in Peru have affected an estimated 1.2 million people with long-term devastation. This includes 385,061 children and 107 fatalities. Additionally, the floods destroyed 41,303 homes, 172 schools, and 36 health facilities. The most affected areas remain in the northern-coastal departments of Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, and Ancash (UNICEF via ReliefWeb, PDC).

Heavy rains in Colombia have caused major landslides, for the second time this month. At least 17 fatalities were reported in the city of Manizales, in the central Colombian department of Caldas, when numerous landslides occurred on April 19. 40 to 50 landslides came after Manizales received rainfall equal to the monthly average within 5 hours (BBC, CBS News). On April 1, the southern city of Mocoa suffered from landslides, killing at least 290 and leaving more than 300 missing (BBC, The Guardian, PDC). As of April 20, IDEAM issued a Red Alert for landslides and flash floods for the department of Caldas (ECHO April 20).

In Ecuador, heavy rains since January 1, are reported to have caused 26 fatalities, affected 33,707 families and 30,089 homes (Govt. of Ecuador via ReliefWeb).

This Week in Hazards

  • In northern and eastern Kazakhstan, floods caused by snowmelt prompted the evacuation of an estimated 7,000 people and 1,500 buildings were reported to have been damaged. Moderate rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours (ECHO April 20).

Current Hazard Warnings

Drought: Sri Lanka, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Angola, United States (Southern Region)

Flood: Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Philippines, Australia (Western Australia) United States (Idaho, North Dakota, Missouri, Illinois, New York), Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zambia

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