Holidays Marred by Flooding
Besides the holidays of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day/Feast of St. Stephen celebrated around the world this week, there were other national and regional holidays (Office Holidays) in India, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Slovenia and maybe elsewhere. Natural hazards and weather activity, of course, continue to affect us, regardless of any religious, familial, or patriotic significance of the day. This week flooding has been especially widespread. After several days of flash flood advisories across the state of Hawaii, early on Christmas Day, the National Weather Service (NWS) canceled the last flood watch and, starting today, forecasts drier and fairer weather. No deaths, major injuries, or significant property damage were reported in the islands. The same cannot be said for flooding in Malaysia. Not only is the flooding still ongoing, “with forecasters predicting further heavy rainfall across previously unaffected southern parts of the country,” but at least five people have died in the rising waters. () “Some states and districts across Malaysia have decided to cancel their New Year celebration plans,” and more than 103,000 people have been displaced by the flooding according to an Agence France Presse (AFP) report republished by ReliefWeb today.
A Jakarta Post/ReliefWeb report on flooding in North Aceh, Indonesia, released today says that “up to 94,426 people from 285 villages in North Aceh regency in Aceh have evacuated their homes due to heavy rains over the past few days.” (Aceh)
While the NWS is also reporting river flooding in the southeastern U.S. (SE) and in Oregon (OR), these floods are not expected to be extensive and damaging like the ones in Malaysia and Indonesia, which have been described as the worst in decades.
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Indian Ocean (Kate)
Drought: Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Zambia), Jamaica, Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua), United States (Southwest)
Biomedical: West Africa (Ebola)
Flood: Scotland, Bolivia, England, Malaysia, Thailand, United States (Oregon, Georgia, Florida), Sri Lanka, Indonesia
Severe Weather: Canada (Quebec, Nunavut, Northwest Territories), United States (northwest and southeast), Finland, Thailand (extreme cold)
Volcano: Cape Verde, United States (Hawaii)
Wildfire: Chile, Australia
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