Hazards in Afghanistan, Thailand, and the U.S.
Landslide and Flooding in Afghanistan
Mid-morning on May 2, a landslide occurred in Abi-Barik village in the Argo district of Afghanistan. Local officials estimate that more than 350 people have been killed with many more still said to be missing. The landslide also destroyed approximately 300 homes and displaced 700 families. (ECDM)
Over the past week flooding has been affecting 44 districts in Northern Afghanistan. As of May 3, an estimated 1,145 homes were destroyed and over 10,000 families were impacted by flooding. The most affected provinces, Jawzjan, Faryab, and Sar-e-pul are forecast to experience additional flooding caused by heavy rainfall and snow melt over the next couple of days. (OCHA)
Earthquake in Thailand
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 at a depth of 7 km struck in the Phan district of Thailand late in the evening of May 5. Residents in the area felt strong shaking and officials reported one person dead and 23 injured. Take a look at the image above to see areas that were affected by shaking as well as nearby recent earthquakes. (ReliefWeb) Since the 6.3 earthquake, 274 aftershocks were detected in the area. (ReliefWeb)
Fire in Oklahoma
A wildfire swept across 1,400 hectares of land near Guthrie, Oklahoma, on May 4, causing the evacuation of over 1,000 people. The wildfire also destroyed six homes, damaged 30 structures, and killed one person. As of May 7 the firefighters had contained 95% of the wildfire. The area continues to be at very high fire risk. (ECDM)
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: United States (Southwest/Pacific)
Earthquakes: 6.4 – 13 km WSW of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico
Fire: Russia (Siberia), United States (Oklahoma)
Flood: Croatia, Guatemala (Southwest), Serbia, Somalia (Bardheere), United States (Florida, Midwest, North Dakota)
Severe Weather: Thailand (Buriram)
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