Flooding Impacts Latin America, Caribbean
Heavy rainfall over the past week has led to a number of flood events across the Latin America and Caribbean region.
As of May 11, more than 12,000 people in the provinces of Corrientes, Entre Rios, Formosa, Chaco, and Santa Fe in Argentina remain affected by flooding (PAHO). Last week (on May 5), ongoing rains and flooding prompted the Ministry of Agro Industry to declare an agricultural emergency in Santa Fe, Córdoba, Chaco, and Formosa (ReliefWeb).
Heavy rains on May 10 led to flooding that damaged at least 100 homes in Panama City, Panama, where accumulated water levels measured half a meter at various points in the city and significantly impacted public and private transportation (ReliefWeb, Floodlist). The month of May marks the start of the rainy season in Panama’s Pacific region, and plays an important role in determining the planting season for most crops (ETESA).
Hispaniola has been hit with heavy rains affecting both Haiti and the Dominican Republic (CPC). As of May 9, more than 1,400 people remain displaced in the Dominican Republic, and hazard alerts are in effect for 24 provinces (PAHO, ReliefWeb). In Haiti, severe weather caused river overflows, while continuous rainfall has led to an increased risk of flooding and landslides in some areas (PAHO). As of May 9, the most affected departments are Great North, Artibonite, Nippes, West, Center, and Grand-Anse.
RVA Profile: Panama
This Week in Hazards:
- Heavy rains and strong winds triggered mudslides affecting 11 districts in northwestern Tajikistan (ReliefWeb). According to reports on May 10, mudslides damaged an estimated 170 homes, as well as public infrastructure and arable land in the Sughd Province (ReliefWeb, GLIDE). Severe weather, including intense rain, hail, and thunderstorms, is expected to continue across the country through the weekend, with an increased risk of flash floods in some areas (ReliefWeb).
- In the United States, a flood warning remains in place for parts of eastern Texas; while the flood outlook indicates that significant flooding is likely in parts of Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas (NWS, NWS).
- A province-wide fire ban remains in effect for Alberta, Canada, as a wildfire continues to burn through the Fort McMurray area (Alberta Fire Bans, Alberta Emergency Alert). As of May 12, the communities of Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates, and Fort McMurray First Nation are under an evacuation order, and residents “should not expect to return home for an extended period of time.” (Gov. of Alberta).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Haiti, Dominican Republic, United States (Nebraska, Wyoming, Texas), Argentina, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Panama, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya
Winter Storm: Canada (Ontario)
Wildfire: Canada (Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario)
Drought: Micronesia, Melanesia, South/Southeast Asia, Southern Africa (Madagascar), the Americas (United States, Bolivia)
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