Soudelor Sets Sights on Taiwan; Update on Flooding in Myanmar
In the afternoon of August 2 (local time), Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on Saipan (ECHO). According to reports, this was Saipan’s “first direct typhoon strike since 1968,” and the trail of destruction left in the wake of the typhoon prompted a declaration of a “state of major disaster and significant emergency” by the Acting Governor of the Northern Marianas (ReliefWeb).
As of 2100 UTC, Typhoon Soudelor is located approximately 305 nautical miles south of Kadena Air Base (Okinawa) with maximum sustained winds at 95 knots (approximately 109 miles per hour) (JTWC Warning # 31). Soudelor is also kicking up waves with a maximum height of 32 feet.
Typhoon Soudelor is forecast to continue intensifying as it tracks west-northwestward toward Taiwan. After making landfall on Taiwan, Soudelor is expected to weaken as it moves across the island. Soudelor is also expected to make a second landfall on the eastern coast of China, near Quanzhou, in the Fujian Province (JTWC). Reports indicate that more than 2,000 people on Taiwan’s outlying islands have already been evacuated in preparation for Soudelor’s expected landfall late Friday to early Saturday (local time) (ReliefWeb).
RVA Country Profile: Myanmar
As of August 6, more than 200,000 people have been affected by ongoing heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding across 12 states and regions of Myanmar (ECHO, UNOCHA). Reports indicate that more than 4,700 houses and 31 bridges in Rakhine State have been damaged by flooding, as well as 53,000 acres of farmland (ReliefWeb/AHA Centre Situation Update #3). Assessments identified food, shelter, water and sanitation, and access to emergency healthcare among the most urgent needs (UNOCHA).
Heavy rainfall remains in the forecast over the next 10 days for several areas of the country (ECHO).
PDC continues to collaborate with the AHA Centre to assist with the flood response in Myanmar, through situational awareness and decision support products and information, made available to the international disaster response and humanitarian assistance community through the DisasterAWARE platform (PDC).
This Week in Hazards
- Ongoing heavy rainfall has led to flooding and landslides in several areas of Vietnam (ReliefWeb/AHA Centre). As of August 4, more than 7,500 houses have been damaged, and more than 15,700 hectares of paddy fields have been submerged. Reports indicate (as of August 6) that rainfall has let up somewhat over the past two days, aiding in local relief and recovery efforts in Vietnam’s coastal provinces (UN).
- Tropical Storm Hilda is now active in the northeastern Pacific, and expected to move generally in the direction of the Hawaiian Islands (PDC). As of 1400 HST, Hilda is located approximately 1520 nautical miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii (CPHC). Hilda formed on the heels of Tropical Storm Guillermo, which is weakening as it passes near the islands (CPHC). Hilda is forecast to strengthen, and is expected to become a hurricane strength Friday night (local time) (NHC Advisory #4).
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Soudelor (Western Pacific)
High Surf: United States (Hawaii)
Flood: Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam, United States (Central, Southern), India (Central, Western), Australia (Victoria), Guinea, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan (Northeast)
Storm: Malaysia, Canada (Alberta, Saskatchewan)
Wildfire: United States (Washington, Oregon, California), Canada (Alberta), Colombia
Drought: Pakistan, Caribbean Islands, Central America, United States (Western)
Earthquake: United States (Alaska)
Extreme Temperature: Montenegro, Spain, Eastern Europe
Biomedical: West Africa
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