PDC Weekly Global Flood Survey: June 7, 2012
Of all the natural disasters that occurred in the United States in the 20th century, do you know what hazard was responsible for the greatest impacts? You guessed it, floods! According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) floods were responsible for the greatest number of deaths and damage to property between 1900 and 2000.
Remember, in some cases flooding may occur slowly allowing plenty of time to react safely, but in other cases, such as flash flooding, floods may occur within seconds and with little or no warning. For information about how to help make sure that you and your family are prepared for flooding and other disaster at all times, check out PDC’s Preparing for Disaster webpage! Also, if you have not already done so, be sure to get a copy of PDC’s Printable Disaster Checklist and start your disaster supply kit today!
This week we will take a closer look at the recent flooding events in Assam, India, and southern Thailand.
Precipitation & Flooding: Assam, India
According to a recent RSOE EDIS report, days of torrential rain have resulted in flash flooding in the Udalguri district of Assam, India. More than 30 villages were reported as impacted, with at least two people killed and approximately 20,000 affected. Many have evacuated to schools and higher ground.
The latest forecast for Udalguri shows continued precipitation throughout the week.
Precipitation & Flooding: Southern Thailand
According to another RSOE EDIS report, severe storms and torrential rainfall have resulted in flash flooding in several areas across southern Thailand. In the province of Krabi, several houses were damaged and crops were destroyed, and at least one death was reported. In the province of Ranong, several people were evacuated by boat after becoming stranded in their homes, as a result of the flood waters.
PDC is currently monitoring flooding events in: Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, El Salvador, England, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Thailand, and United States.
Over the next week, PDC will continue to monitor areas of high precipitation and keep a close eye on flooding across the globe. For the most up-to-date information on these flood events and all-hazards, download the free PDC Disaster Alert mobile app for iOS and Android devices.