PDC Weekly Global Flood Survey: May 24, 2012
Long after the immediate hazards presented by flooding seem to have been resolved, dangers may remain. Your home may have become contaminated by dangerous chemicals, animal waste, carcasses, and other possibly disease-carrying materials. As it dries out, depending on the type of construction, your house might become infested with insects, waterborne-microbes, or dangerous molds. Recovering from a flood is often a long-term effort, and you must remain vigilant. This week we’re going to focus on floods that have affected people in Ethiopia and Afghanistan.
Precipitation & Flooding: Ethiopia
According to ReliefWeb information dated May 21, 2012, heavy storms have resulted in flash flooding in southeast Ethiopia, particularly the Gode and Korahe zones. The Gode area has had over 700 households affected in Kelafo by these storms, along with 30 households in Mustahil. In the Korahe area, 330 families have been impacted by this set of storms. All told, over 1,000 families have been affected by flash flooding from these storms.
The weather forecast for Ethiopia is for more widespread rain, along with thunderstorms in the next several days.
Precipitation & Flooding: Afghanistan
According to a United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report dated May 22, 2012, serious flooding has taken place near and inside Sari Pui City, Afghanistan. Snowmelt and torrential rains have caused the Sari-Pui River to overflow its banks. It is reported that 19 people have been killed, and about 10,000 others have been displaced…with 2,000 houses damaged. The Sari Pui hospital, along with 4 schools, has been damaged. The lack of transportation into and out of this city, as bridges and roadways remain damaged or unusable. is making matters especially difficult.
The weather forecast for Afghanistan shows many areas that are expecting thunderstorms, rain, and even snow in the immediate future.
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, Caymen Islands, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Romania, Thailand, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam
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.