PDC Weekly Global Flood Survey: May 31, 2012
In some parts of the world, flooding is predictable. It is a seasonal fact of life, which is expected and accommodated by the population. In other areas, floods are always surprising. What is important to remember is that unusual weather variations can cause flooding any time and any place. A storm might take an unusual course, a dam might break, or far away rain might swell a normally peaceful river to dangerous proportions. Regardless, it is always important for you and your family to be prepared for any disaster that might affect your area, so be sure to check out PDC’s ‘Natural Hazards’ and ‘Preparing for Disaster’ webpages to learn more about natural disasters and how to prepare and help keep your family safe!
This week we will take a closer look at the recent flooding events in central Cuba and Quebec, Canada.
Precipitation & Flooding: Central Cuba
According to a recent United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) report, torrential rains in central Cuba have resulted in severe flooding. Over 8,500 people were evacuated and over 1,200 homes were either damaged or destroyed. Damage to the transportation network, particularly to bridges, culverts, and roads, also occurred, which can greatly hinder disaster relief operations.
The latest forecast for the Cabaiguan, in central Cuba, shows continued precipitation throughout the week.
Precipitation & Flooding: Quebec, Canada
According to a recent RSOE EDIS report, the city of Montreal, Quebec, was heavily impacted by intense rainfall resulting in flooding throughout the city. Flood waters inundated homes, businesses, streets and subway stations, disrupting business and transportation, as well as the daily lives of many. Thousands of people were reported as affected.
The latest forecast for Montreal shows continued precipitation throughout the week.
PDC is currently monitoring flooding events in: Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uganda, 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.