Cholera Emerges as Flooding Continues in Mozambique; Thousands Forced to Evacuate due to Flooding in Indonesia
As Waters Rise, So Do Cholera Cases
Since mid-December, the effects of heavy rains and widespread flooding have claimed an estimated 158 lives (as of February 9) in central and northern Mozambique, and an emerging cholera epidemic threatens to further stress relief efforts in the region (ReliefWeb/UNRC, CPC). As of February 11, the total number of cholera cases reached 1,702, and 19 deaths had been reported due to the outbreak (ReliefWeb).
Heavy seasonal rainfall over the last few months has affected nearly 160,000 in Mozambique. In Zambezia, the hardest hit province, approximately 25,000 people remain displaced (ReliefWeb/UNRC). Another week of heavy rainfall is forecast for southeastern Africa, further maintaining the risk of flooding.
7,000 in Jakarta Forced from Homes Following Heavy Rains and Flooding
Nearly 7,000 residents of Indonesia’s capital city were forced to evacuate their homes on February 10 due to flooding caused by continuous heavy rainfall since February 8 (AHA Centre, EC). Reports indicate that all districts of Jakarta experienced inundation ranging from 40 centimeters to 1 meter. By February 11, many of the evacuees had left temporary shelters and floodwaters had started to recede, but some districts were keeping shelters on standby in anticipation of further flooding (ReliefWeb). Forecasts indicate that Jakarta may have more heavy rain coming as the rainy season peaks by the end of this week.
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: United States (Pacific), Thailand
Avalanche: Norway (Central)
Biomedical: West Africa
Severe Weather: Canada (Yukon), Norway, United States (Great Lakes), Greece
Extreme Cold: Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut, Newfoundland, Labrador), United States (Alaska), Guatemala (Western), Greece
Flood: Australia (Queensland), Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Indonesia, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador
High Wind: United States (Hawaii)
Volcanoes: United States (Hawaii)
For real-time information on current disasters download PDC’s free Disaster Alert mobile app available for your iOS or Android devices today! Also be sure to monitor PDC on Twitter, Facebook, and by accessing the Global Hazards Atlas.