Severe Weather, Tropical Storm Impact Southeast Asia
Over the week, much of Southeast Asia has experienced flooding and severe weather, which can be seen in this map product from the European Commission Humanitarian and Civil Protection agency (ECHO). Flooding in Laos has affected more than 400 families in the district of Mahaxay, while severe weather in the northwest region of Thailand has led to flash floods and landslides.
Reports indicate that the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam is experiencing the “worst floods of the last 40 years” (ReliefWeb). Recovery operations are underway, and the province has provided US$740,000 in financial assistance to families left homeless after the damage caused by five days of torrential rain (ReliefWeb). As of July 30, the total number of people reported either dead or missing has reached 23.
In addition to seasonal heavy rainfall, parts of Bangladesh and India are experiencing the effects of Tropical Storm 02B (IMD, ReliefWeb, ECHO). After lingering for days in the Bay of Bengal as a low pressure system, Tropical Storm 02B (also known as Komen) formed on July 29 and began moving inland (NASA). After making landfall, 02B is degrading quickly, and (as of July 30) the JTWC has issued their final warning (JTWC Warning #6).
RVA Country Profile: Bangladesh
This Week in Hazards
- Tropical Storm Guillermo is active in the northeastern Pacific, and forecast to strengthen into a hurricane by Friday (local time) (NHC Advisory #4). As of 1400 PDT, Guillermo is located approximately 1905 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds at 60 miles per hour.
- Tropical Storm Soudelor formed today in the western Pacific, and (as of 2100 UTC) is located approximately 261 nautical miles west-northwest of Enewetak (Marshall Islands) (JTWC Warning #3). As Soudelor continues tracking west-northwestward, it is forecast to intensify, becoming a typhoon by August 1 (NASA).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Guinea (North, Northwest), Kazakhstan (Northeast), Tajikistan (Eastern), Pakistan, Afghanistan, India (Central, Western), China (Southwest), Vietnam, United States (Southern, Central), Myanmar, Bangladesh (Southern)
Wildfire: Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan), United States (Alaska, Washington, California)
Drought: Caribbean Islands, Central America, United States (Western)
Earthquake: Indonesia, United States (Alaska)
Extreme Temperature: Canada (Southern), United States (Central, Southeast)
Biomedical: West Africa
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