‘Historic’ Flooding in South Carolina; Update on Guatemala Landslide
Over the past week, severe flooding has impacted much of South Carolina, United States. Heavy rainfall associated with the passing of Hurricane Joaquin, as well as a separate weather system, caused flash flood conditions, overtopped dams, and led to widespread flooding across the state (SCEMD). Media reports indicate that some parts of the state received more than 2 feet of rain (Reuters).
On October 3, the President declared a state of disaster in South Carolina (FEMA). For recent information on flood damage, see this map tour developed by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), as well as this product depicting pre-/post-disaster imagery.
Flooding is expected to continue impacting parts of South Carolina into next week, even though rainfall is expected to ease up, as water levels are expected to recede slowly across flooded areas (NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook, NWS Flood Warning)
PDC continues to monitor the ongoing flooding in South Carolina and is supporting the efforts of emergency managers by sharing situational awareness products and information via PDC’s Emergency Operations (EMOPS) system. If you are an emergency manager and would like access to the EMOPS system, click here.
RVA Country Profile: Guatemala
Recovery operations continued this week after a landslide triggered by heavy rains impacted the community of El Cambray II in Guatemala’s Santa Catarina Pinula municipality on October 2 (ReliefWeb/REDLAC). As of October 8, 150 people were still reported missing, and the number of confirmed deaths had reached 208 (ReliefWeb).
It’s estimated that at least 400,000 people have been affected by conditions caused by this year’s rainy season (ECHO). Teams, including members from the National Coordination for Disaster Risk Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) and Mexico’s National Center for Prevention of Disasters (CENAPRED), have begun undertaking assessments in the area of Cambray II to evaluate soil-sliding susceptibility and geological, water, and soil stabilization (CONRED).
This Week in Hazards
- Since the monsoon was “officially declared over” at the end of September, rainfall deficits have affected people in 302 districts in India (ReliefWeb). Reports also indicate that the last time “a drought of this scale was witnessed” was in 2009, with rainfall measuring 20%-50% below average over some parts. Areas impacted include those recognized as the country’s top grain producing states, including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar—areas also identified as having a high population density and dependence on agriculture.
- Heavy rainfall has led to an increased risk of flooding in parts of West Africa, with flooding already reported in northern Senegal. Satellite data indicates that Senegal, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have received the highest levels of rainfall, and the trend is expected to continue over the Gulf of Guinea region into next week (CPC).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Senegal, West Africa/Gulf of Guinea, France, United States (South Carolina)
Wildfire: United States (California, Montana), Australia (Victoria)
Drought: United States (Western), Ethiopia, Central America, Pakistan, India, Caribbean Islands
Biomedical: West Africa
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