Flooding: The Invisible Threats
You know that a flood might result in drowning, destruction of property, and separation of family members. Do you also know that flood water can carry many health risks, some of them far from obvious? Even if a flood comes and goes quickly, it may carry disease-causing organisms or dangerous pollutants from higher ground and leave them on you, your home and your belongings. If the flood water takes days or weeks to recede, it will provide a perfect environment for the spread of communicable diseases, and a way for pollutants to concentrate in your area and penetrate your environment. The major risk factor for disease outbreaks associated with flooding is the contamination of drinking-water. The impact of contaminated drinking water can be mitigated by ensuring a viable source of clean drinking water. This is why disaster managers always recommend that you have enough drinking water for you and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.
To learn more about flood related health risks visit the World Health Organization and the Pacific Disaster Center website. These resources will help your family prepare for flooding and other natural hazards. For the most up-to-date information on hazards occurring in your neighborhood or around the world download the free Disaster Alert mobile app available for your iOS or Android devices.
This week we will take a closer look at recent flooding events in Assam, India.
Precipitation & Flooding: Assam, India
Severe floods caused by monsoon rains have heavily impacted the state of Assam in northeastern India. At least 77 persons were reported killed and approximately two million affected. Thousands of homes were also reported washed away, leaving thousands of people homeless and seeking shelter. (AlertNet/Rueters)
The latest forecast for India shows areas of continued precipitation.
We continue to monitor the fires that have caused significant damage across the western United States. The very destructive Waldo Canyon Fire received 0.4 inches of rain overnight (July 4-5). Firefighters currently have 90% of the fire contained (Inciweb). For the most up-dated hazard information, continue to monitor PDC Disaster Alert, Twitter, Facebook, and Global Hazards Atlas.
PDC is currently monitoring flooding events in: Australia, Bangladesh, China, England, India, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Sudan, The Philippines, Turkey, United States.