Flooding in Australia and New Zealand in the Aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie
Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Debbie cause flooding in the North Island of New Zealand. Post-TC Debbie caused the overflow of the Rangitaiki River and the failure of a levee flooding the entire town of Edgecumbe. An estimated 2,000 people and 600 homes are affected. This prompted local authorities to declare a state of emergency. Flooding in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, also occurred (BBC, Independent, The Telegraph).
Tropical Cyclone Debbie made landfall on March 27 in Queensland, Australia, as a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale (NASA).
Waters brought on by Debbie are still flowing through river systems in Australia, flooding towns along the eastern coast. Tens of thousands are estimated to have been evacuated. As of April 2, 3 fatalities and 3 missing persons were reported in Queensland, Australia (The Telegraph, Reuters).
In the City of Rockhampton, Queensland water levels peaked at 8.8 meters flooding homes, businesses, and streets. The local Airport is remains closed as floodwaters are not expected to recede until this weekend (The Telegraph).
This Week in Hazards
- On April 1, the city of Mocoa, located in southern Colombia, was engulfed by a landslide. As of April 6, 290 fatalities were reported and more than 300 are still missing. In addition, an estimated 2,700 people have been displaced and some areas are without water and electricity services (BBC).
- Heavy rains, since December 2016, have caused flooding in Peru. The flooding has affected an estimated 1.1 million persons. Of which are 317,677 persons or 29% of those affected are in the northern Department of Piura (UNOCHA, PDC).
Current Hazard Warnings.
Floods: Australia (Queensland, New South Wales), New Zealand, Peru, Argentina, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, United States (Idaho, Nevada, North Dakota, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi), Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zambia
Winter Storm: Canada (Yukon)
Avalanche: United States (Idaho)
Drought: Sri Lanka, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Angola, United States (Southern Region)
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