Flood Threat Continues in Wake of Tropical Storm Bill; Yemen Sees Uptick in Dengue Cases
Tropical Storm Bill, the second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall in Texas on June 16 before being downgraded to a tropical depression on June 17 (PDC, NHC). Bill continues to track inland, and flash flood warnings and watches remain in effect for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri (NHC Public Advisory #12).
Continued heavy rainfall remains a concern, especially for parts of Texas and Oklahoma which recently experienced severe storms and devastating flooding (NASA, OEM, Texas.gov). Heavily saturated soil in Texas prompted some forecasters to consider the possible strengthening of Bill as it moved inland due to the “brown ocean effect,” but the current forecast indicates Tropical Depression Bill will continue to weaken over the next few days.
RVA Country Profile: Yemen
According to reports on June 9, more than 4,000 cases of dengue fever were clinically diagnosed in Yemen‘s Aden Governorate from April 1 to June 4, and health care providers report that cases have been increasing in several parts of Yemen over the past few weeks (ReliefWeb/OCHA).
Public health resources for disease surveillance and outbreak response have been negatively impacted in part by continued conflict within the country, which (as of June 7) has affected 20 million people (EMRO).
This Week in Hazards
- Overnight heavy rains (June 13-14) led to flash flooding and mudflows in Georgia, affecting its capital city, Tbilisi, and surrounding villages (ECHO). As of June 16, the reported number of deaths had reached 19 (ReliefWeb). Flooding also affected the Tbilisi Zoo, highlighting the need to factor in animals (as productive assets) when planning for disasters. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 has identified animal risk “as an important element of national disaster resilience policies” (ReliefWeb).
- Severe weather continues to impact Bangladesh and India (ECHO). Flooding caused by days of heavy rain has exacerbated conditions in nine northern districts of Bangladesh. In India, more than 100,000 people have been affected.
- More than 10,000 people have evacuated villages near Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano since the danger alert was raised to a Level 4 (on a scale of 1-4) by officials on June 2, with most evacuating after recent eruptions on June 13 (ReliefWeb, SI). Reports indicate that volcanic activity remains high, with high potential for more and bigger eruptions (BNPB, ReliefWeb/ECHO).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: United States (Southern, Central), China (Eastern), Bangladesh, India, Georgia
Severe Weather: Malaysia
Wildfire: United States (Arizona, California, Alaska), Canada (British Columbia), Chile
Winter Storm: New Zealand (South Island), United States (Alaska)
High Wind: China (Eastern), New Zealand
Extreme Temperature: Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Drought: El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, St. Lucia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, United States (Western)
Biomedical: West Africa
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