Water, water, everywhere…
Water, water, everywhere… This week certainly felt that way! Extensive rains stretching across north-central Africa have caused severe flooding in eastern Chad, western and eastern Sudan, and in Nigeria. Additional rainfall is expected to fall throughout next week, which may also cause flooding in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Mali, Burkina Faso, and in Ethiopia (NOAA). In the America’s, flooding was observed in Canada’s Saskatchewan Province, the United States, in the city of New York, and Venezuela. Concerns of flooding have also been raised for southwestern Guatemala as heavy rains are predicted to impact the region over the next few days (NOAA).
In other parts of the world, heavy and persistent rains continued to fall in parts of East and Southeast Asia, particularly Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, and the Philippines. Below, is a closer look at some of these recent flood events!
Precipitation & Flooding: Philippines
Little relief can be felt as weeks of persistent rains continue to impact the already flood-soaked regions of Luzon. Response and relief efforts were further hindered as Typhoon Kai-Tak (Helen) battered the region with additional heavy rains. According to the latest reports, over 1,700 people were evacuated on August 14 due to flash flooding in Masinloc, Zambales. Additional flooding incidents were also reported in San Fernando and Bauang, La Union. A landslide reported in Baguio City killed two miners and injured another. Concerns of further flooding have been raised as fallen rain descends from higher elevations. (NDRRMC/ReliefWeb)
The latest forecast for the Philippines shows areas of continued precipitation and thunderstorms.
Precipitation & Flooding: Myanmar
Thousands have been impacted by flooding in Myanmar’s Delta Region this week. Described as “massive”, floodwaters have displaced approximately 2,500 persons in the Pathein District, forcing them to seek shelter in temporary camps and monasteries. Hundreds of villages are reported flooded, including Kanyin Village, in Thar Paung Township, were flooding has left only 3 of 70 houses habitable. Additionally, floods have displaced around 6,000 persons in Karen State. (ReliefWeb)
The latest forecast for Myanmar shows areas of continued precipitation.
Other Flooding Events
Some additional flooding events that occurred this week are:
- Sudan (Eastern)
- Persistent Rains and Flooding
- Gadaref and Kassala States
- Tens of thousands of people affected (NOAA)
- Venezuela (Merida)
- Floods and Mudslides
- 2,500 people isolated (UNOCHA)
- Canada (Saskatchewan)
- James Smith First Nation
- Heavy rains and flooding
- State of Emergency declared (RSOE EDIS)
- United States (New York)
- Brooklyn, New York City
- Flash Flooding (RSOE EDIS)
- Vietnam (Northern Region)
- Heavy Rains, Flash Flooding
- 1 person swept away (ReliefWeb)
- Thailand (Mae Sot)
- Heavy Rains, Flash Floods, River Flooding
- Emergency Zone declared for Mae Sot Municipality
- Properties damaged and residents evacuated (ReliefWeb)
- Japan (Western)
- Kyoto, Nara and Shiga Prefectures
- Torrential Rains and Flooding
- 1 person killed, 2 missing (RSOE EDIS)
- China (Sichuan)
- Floods and Mudslides
- 3 persons killed, 9 missing (ReliefWeb)
- New Zealand (Christchurch)
- Flash Floods
- 10 homes evacuated (RSOE EDIS)
PDC is currently monitoring flooding events in: Australia, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chad, China, England, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Mali, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Sudan, United Sates, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Over the next week, PDC will continue to monitor areas of high precipitation and keep a close eye on flooding across the globe. Want to find the most up-to-date information on flooding and other hazards occurring in your neighborhood or around the world? Then be sure to download PDC’s free Disaster Alert mobile app available for your iOS or Android devices today! Also be sure to continue to monitor PDC Twitter, Facebook, and Global Hazards Atlas.