PDC Weekly Global Flood Survey: May 17, 2012
When a flood happens in your neighborhood or town, it is possible that the extent of the flood will prevent emergency service providers from reaching you. This situation might last for days or weeks. Even after the waters recede, the help available to you may be limited by bridges having been washed away or by the fact that life-saving services are more urgently needed in other affected areas. You should be prepared to locate your family members and provide for them until the danger has passed. This week, flooding has threatened families in many areas of the world, and we’re focusing on China and Kenya.
Precipitation & Flooding: China
According to a ReliefWeb article dated May 15, 2012, since early this month, torrential rains have lashed several regions across China. In Gansu and Hunan provinces, rivers have broken their banks and landslides have caused high human and economic losses.
At this point, over five million people have been affected by these floods, and economic losses total more than US$682 million. As far as human life is concerned, approximately 60 people have died, while almost 100,000 people have been relocated from their homes, and more than 60,000 have completely lost their places of residence.
Relief efforts are underway. Provincial and state government authorities have begun emergency response. Chinese NGOs, such as the China Red Cross, Oxfam China and One Foundation have been carrying out assessments and providing basic emergency items to meet the most urgent needs.
The weather forecast for Gansu province looks encouraging at the moment, with clearing weather and considerably less rainfall occurring now.
Precipitation & Flooding: Kenya
According to a ReliefWeb article dated May 15, 2012, Kenya has had heavy rains leading to flooding in several areas. This heavy precipitation is forecast to continue locally, which would lead to further problems in transportation, including bridges being washed away, and roads being submerged.
The enhanced rainfall is expected to continue, and if that happens, the number of affected families will go beyond the current 100,000 that have been evacuated from their homes. There have been several impacts from this flooding, including loss of life, destruction of property and infrastructure, as well as damaging effects on human activity dealing with farming.
The weather forecast shows that the recent heavy rains have backed off temporarily, with only light rainfall being reported at the moment.
Over the next week, PDC will continue to monitor areas of high precipitation and keep a close eye on flooding across the globe. PDC is currently monitoring flooding events in: Afghanistan, Africa, Australia, Burundi, China, England, Georgia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Kenya, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Thailand, The Comoros, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam.
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