Wildfires Rage On in the Western United States; India Impacted by Flooding
Wildfire activity in the United States continues in the Northwest, Great Basin, Northern Rockies, and Northern and Southern California areas (NIFC). As of September 10, the National Interagency Coordination Center reports that the number of “uncontained large fires” in these areas has reached 43, with the majority burning in the Northwest (Washington and Oregon) and Northern Rockies (Montana and Idaho). According to the NIFC Situation Report, 68 “fireline management personnel” from Australia and New Zealand are supporting efforts in the Northwest.
Media reports indicate that a cluster of fires known as the Okanogan Complex has burned through at least 305,000 acres in Washington (as of September 1), making it the “largest array of wildfires in Washington state history” (Reuters). As of September 10, the “estimated cost to date” for fighting the wildfire was just under $35 million, and the number of residences damaged or destroyed had reached 123 (InciWeb).
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RVA Country Profile: India
Flooding in India’s Assam region continues, with heavy rainfall observed in the Lakhimpur district over September 5 and 6 (ECHO). As of September 10, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority reports that more than 500,000 people continue to be impacted by flooding across 11 districts, and 118 relief camps/centers are currently open (ASDMA).
Thunderstorms also impacted the states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, and reports indicate (as of September 7) that severe weather led to the deaths of at least 32 people (ECHO). Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected to continue for the rest of the week over parts of southern India (IMD).
This Week in Hazards
- Heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Etau led to flooding and landslides in Japan (ECHO, NASA). Etau made landfall in the Aichi prefecture on September 8, and maintained tropical storm strength as it crossed the island of Honshu, exiting into the Sea of Japan on September 9. Media reports indicate that more than 100,000 people have been evacuated due to ongoing flooding (Trust.org). Weather advisories and warnings remain in effect for most of the island, while “emergency warnings” have been issued for the Miyagi prefecture (JMA).
- According to reports from September 8, persistent heavy rainfall triggered a landslide in the remote village of Kolon Kola, Guinea, killing seven people (ReliefWeb). Heavy rainfall over West Africa since August has led to saturated ground conditions and localized flooding, and weather conditions are expected to continue over the next week (CPC).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Japan, West Africa, India
Wildfire: Canada (British Columbia), United States (Montana, Idaho, California, Washington, Oregon)
Extreme Temperature: Canada (Ontario)
Drought: Central America, Caribbean Islands, United States (Western), Ethiopia
Biomedical: West Africa
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