Are you disaster-alert and disaster-ready?
Disasters might strike at any time, catching many by surprise and unprepared. Flash flooding might occur with little to no warning, leaving little time to react. Also, heavy rainfall might result in flooding or landslides that cut off important transportation routes, preventing both you and your family from evacuating, as well as inhibiting the attempts of emergency responders from immediately reaching you. Therefore, it is not only important for you to continue to monitor emergency alerts and forecasts for your area, but also to make certain that you and your family have the right supplies to help ensure that you can survive until help arrives. Remember that, in a major disaster, help may not reach you for several days.
So why not prepare today! For information on how you and your family can prepare for disaster, as well as for a list of suggested supplies to include in your disaster supply kit, be sure to check out PDC’s Preparing for Disaster and Disaster Supply Kit webpages! 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 or use the Global Hazards Atlas.
It has been another busy week of flooding! China continues to be impacted by torrential rains, flooding, and landslides in many regions, and is currently being impacted by two tropical cyclones—Saola and Damrey—which may bring more heavy rains and flooding to the region. In fact, the effects of Tropical Cyclone Saola have also been felt in the Philippines, where communities have been impacted by days of torrential rainfall, resulting in severe flooding across Northern Luzon (ReliefWeb), and Taiwan where at least six people have been reported dead so far (ReliefWeb).
Below we will take a close look at recent flooding events in North Korea and South Sudan.
Precipitation & Flooding: North Korea
Days of torrential rainfall have impacted North Korea, resulting in severe flooding across the country. Approximately 88 people have been killed, and 62,889 left homeless and seeking shelter. Preventing the outbreak of diseases has become a high priority due to the contamination and failure of water supplies. (UN DPRK)
The latest forecast for North Korea shows areas of continued precipitation.
Precipitation & Flooding: South Sudan
Jonglei State in South Sudan has been severely impacted by heavy rains, resulting in flooding. Approximately 17,000 people have been displaced and at least 300 houses destroyed. Health concerns arise in the aftermath of the floods amid reports of a Malaria outbreak. (ReliefWeb)
The latest forecast for South Sudan shows areas of continued precipitation.
Other Flooding Events
Some additional flooding events that occurred this week are:
- Costa Rica
- Heavy Rains and Flooding
- Cartago and Limon Provinces have been affected the greatest
- 1,550 persons are being housed in 32 temporary shelters (UNOCHA)
- Panama (Bocas Del Toro Province)
- Heavy Rains and Flooding
- 1,400 persons sheltered, 40 houses damaged (UNOCHA)
- Colombia (Department of Putumayo)
- Severe Flooding
- Approximately 15,000 families affected (UNOCHA)
- Effects of Tropical Cyclone Saola (e.g. Heavy Rains, Flooding, Landslides, Storm Surge)
- 26 persons dead, 4 missing, 29 injured, 125 rescued
- 475,874 persons (101,844 families) affected (NDRRMC)
- India (Yavatmal District)
- Heavy Rains, Flash Flooding
- Over 200 houses destroyed in the village of Koli
- Over 150 houses destroyed in the village of Borgaon (ReliefWeb)
- Indonesia (Ambon)
- Persistent Rainfall and Flooding
- 599 people displaced, 3 missing (ReliefWeb)
PDC is currently monitoring flooding events in: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Nicaragua, New Zealand, North Korea, Panama, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, and the 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-dated hazard information, continue to monitor PDC Disaster Alert, Twitter, Facebook, and Global Hazards Atlas. Remember, if you are not currently prepared for disasters that might impact your area, start preparing today!