Heavy Snow Triggers Avalanches in Afghanistan; Update on Flooding in South America
Rescue Efforts Underway Following Series of Avalanches
Heavy snowfall over the last few weeks in northeastern Afghanistan has led to avalanches in the provinces of Badakhshan, Takhar, Panjshir, and Baghlan (EC, ReliefWeb). Reports indicate that as of February 26, more than 200 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered after days of heavy snow (ReliefWeb). Rescue efforts in Panjshir province have been hampered due to deep snow and blocked roads, making it difficult to reach isolated villages. Heavy rains/snow is expected over the next week and could increase risk for local flooding across lower elevations of the country (ReliefWeb, FEWS).
Heavy Rainfall Continues to Impact Bolivia and Peru
Adverse weather conditions since October 2014 continue to impact Bolivia and Peru. More than 90,000 people in 76 municipalities throughout Bolivia (39 of which are under a declared “state of emergency”) have been affected by hail, storms, flooding, and landslides (EC, REDLAC). In Peru, the number of people affected has exceeded 83,000 in 22 departments countrywide.
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: Brazil (Eastern), United States (Western)
Biomedical: West Africa
Severe Weather: Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Northwest Territories, Newfoundland, Labrador, New Brunswick, Nunavut), United States (Alaska, Midwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest), Spain
Flood: England (Northern), Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Australia (New South Wales), Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Honduras
Volcano: United States (Hawaii)
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