‘Unusually Heavy Rainfall’ Continues to Impact India
Southeastern India continues to experience very heavy rainfall, with floods affecting parts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh States (ECHO). The trend is expected to continue, prompting India’s Meteorological Department to issue special weather warnings as moderate to very heavy rainfall is expected over “most places” in all districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry through Sunday (IMD).
Rainfall accumulation analyses show that from November 29 to December 02, southeastern India received “unusually heavy rainfall” totaling over 400 millimeters (15.7 inches) (NASA).
According to media reports, flooding caused by “the heaviest cloudburst in over a century” stranded more than 2,000 Chennai residents on December 3, requiring the Indian military to assist in evacuations—altogether, the military has evacuated 18,000 people in Tamil Nadu’s capital city and neighboring villages affected by flooding (Reuters).
RVA Country Profile: India
This Week in Hazards
- Drought conditions in parts of eastern Puerto Rico are improving, as recent heavy rainfall accumulations led to the reduction of an area of severe drought (U.S. Drought Monitor). As of December 1, more than 2 million people in Puerto Rico currently live in drought areas (as of 2014, the population of Puerto Rico is approximately 3.5 million)—to see a map of drought areas, click here.
- Severe weather at the start of the week affected parts of northern Europe, bringing strong winds, storm surge, and heavy rainfall to countries bordered by the North Sea (ECHO). Weather-related power outages were reported in parts of Ireland, Poland, and Denmark, while flooding caused property damage in Germany.
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Germany, Scotland, England, United States (Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Georgia), India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Thailand
Winter Storm: United States (Maine, Washington, California)
Drought: Puerto Rico, United States (Western), Pacific Islands, India
Biomedical: West Africa
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