PDC Weekly Global Flood Survey: May 10, 2012
Are you prepared for the possibility of a flood where you live, work, or visit. While many people do have emergency preparedness kits, most are thinking of earthquakes, tsunamis, or wildfires when they prepare. Look over your emergency supplies, and think, “If the emergency is a flood, even a sudden flash flood, what else might I need? What else might I need to do right away?” Governments around the world offer online help answering these questions. Remember, flooding can happen anywhere. This week, we look at events in Indonesia and Haiti.
Precipitation & Flooding: Indonesia
According to a ReliefWeb article dated May 9, 2012, recent flooding has swept volcanic debris through a town in the eastern part of Indonesia recently. This flood caused four deaths, with 10 other people still missing. Injuries have been reported in 11 other villages in North Maluku Province. There were more than 280 people evacuated by government officials. Two bridges and 15 homes were completely destroyed by the floods, with an additional 173 homes damaged.
The weather forecast for the area around Ternate, Indonesia, shows more rain, which could continue the flooding problems. This additional flooding could carry more volcanic mud and debris across populated areas over the next several days.
Precipitation & Flooding: Haiti
According to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center Hispaniola Hazards Outlook, this past week has been rainy. Haiti had the heaviest rainfall over its southern regions, and in the central section of the island of Hispaniola near Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic. There have actually been several consecutive weeks of heavier than normal precipitation. This has led to several fatalities, along with flooding and localized landslides. Looking ahead through the next week, there is expected to be more potentially flooding rainfall in this area.
The weather forecast shows several areas with thunderstorms, including Les Cayes, Jeremie, and Cap-Haitien… which could mean prolonged flooding for parts of Haiti.
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, Australia, Brazil, Burundi, Dominican Republic, England, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Scotland, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United States of America.
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.