Heavy Rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Earl Triggers Landslides in Mexico
After making landfall in Belize as a Category 1 hurricane on August 4, a weakened Tropical Cyclone Earl tracked through the Bay of Campeche and into Mexico, making a second landfall south of Veracruz (as a tropical storm) on August 6 (NASA, NHC).
In its wake, heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Cyclone Earl triggered deadly landslides in the Mexican states of Puebla and Veracruz (Redhum). As of August 9, an estimated 13,000 people in Puebla and Veracruz have been affected by Earl, and damage to transportation infrastructure and housing has been reported (ReliefWeb/OCHA).
In order to meet the recovery needs of the affected population, on August 10, the National Coordination of Civil Protection issued a declaration of emergency for some municipalities in the states of Chiapas, Guerrero, and Baja California (ReliefWeb/PAHO). Government-led damage assessments and regional censuses are underway, and activities for long-term recovery and reconstruction are being defined (Govt. of Mexico 1/2, ReliefWeb/OCHA).
RVA Country Profile: Mexico
This Week in Hazards
- As of August 11, the Soberanes Fire, which has burned through nearly 70,000 acres of wildland in central California, United States, is 55% contained (InciWeb, CAL Fire). More than 4,800 personnel from cooperating agencies are responding to the fire, which has been active since July 22 (see the fire progression map). According to reports, the Soberanes Fire has destroyed 68 structures (including 57 homes), and another 410 structures remain threatened.
- Wildfires continue to burn across parts of Portugal, including northern areas of the mainland and the island of Madeira (NASA EO, ProCiv). As of August 11, more than 200 buildings in Funchal (the regional capital and largest city of Madeira) have been destroyed or damaged, and an estimated 1,000 people were evacuated (Reuters). Fires in Madeira island have burned approximately 1,300 hectares, and caused three deaths and over 300 injuries (ECHO).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Australia (Queensland), Philippines, United States (Arizona, New Mexico), Mexico
Wildfire: Portugal, United States (California)
Extreme Temperature: Canada (Ontario, Quebec)
Drought: United States (Northeastern, Western, Southern, Central), Bolivia (Southern)
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