PDC Weekly Global Flood Survey: June 21, 2012
Floods are extremely dangerous events. However, when thinking of flooding, it is easy to think it is “just” water, which is almost never the case. Flood waters may contain many types of debris, including cars! Trees and broken houses may float in flood water presenting significant dangers. Other dangerous debris may not be visible, but carried beneath the surface of the water.
To learn more about floods and other natural disasters be sure to check out the PDC’s Natural Hazards webpage! PDC has also made available important resources that can help keep you, your family and friends safe from disaster, such as a printable Disaster Supply Kit checklist and an entire webpage on Preparing for Disaster! So don’t wait, but prepare today and stay safe!
This week we will take a closer look at a recent flooding event in Gabon.
Precipitation & Flooding: Gabon
According to a recent International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) report, Libreville, the capital city of Gabon, was recently impacted by heavy rains and flooding. At least one death was reported and over 77,800 people affected. Over 280 homes have been impacted leaving a significant number of residents requiring temporary shelter.
The latest forecast for Libreville shows continued precipitation throughout the week.
PDC is currently monitoring flooding events in: Australia, El Salvador, England, Gabon, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Nepal, Scotland, Wisconsin and United States.