Flooding in French Polynesia Affects Thousands
On January 23, heavy rainfall triggered major flooding that left thousands in French Polynesia without power. The islands of Tahiti and Moorea were most affected by the floods, resulting in the temporary closure of Tahiti’s international airport (ReliefWeb/Radio Australia).
Between January 22 and 23, more than 200 mm of rain was recorded in parts of Tahiti (Flood List). As of January 25, approximately 800 homes have been destroyed or damaged by flooding, affecting an estimated 4,000 people (ReliefWeb/Radio New Zealand).
A state of “natural disaster” has been declared for Tahiti (ReliefWeb/Radio New Zealand)
This Week in Hazards
- As of January 26, the Ministry of Health in Brazil registered 550 suspected cases of yellow fever, with most in the state of Minas Gerais (MOH). Of the suspected cases, 72 have been confirmed and 455 remain under investigation. According to the World Health Organization, the current outbreak is taking place in an area with “relatively low” vaccination coverage, which could affect the spread of the disease (WHO).
Current Hazard Warnings
Winter Storm: Canada (British Columbia, Newfoundland, Labrador)
Extreme Temperature: Europe
Flood: French Polynesia, Australia (Queensland, Western Australia), Thailand, Malaysia, United States (Florida, Louisiana), Colombia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Drought: Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, United States (California, Southern region)
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