Just In: Your Weekly Global Flood Report!
Another week of flooding around the world! Flooding was observed in many regions, including Asia, Oceania, the Americas, Europe, and Africa! Flooding was observed in parts of western and eastern Africa, including ongoing flooding events in Niger, Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia, and is expected to persist within the region throughout the coming week (NOAA/CPC). In Asia, flooding was reported in India, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippines. In southwest China’s Yunnan Province heavy rains, flooding, and landslides have forced thousands to evacuate (ReliefWeb/Xinhua), further complicating disaster response operations being conducted in response to an earthquake and series of aftershocks that began last Friday and claimed the lives of at least 81 people (ACT Alliance). Additionally, flooding was observed in Oceania, in Australia and Papua New Guinea, as well as in the Americas, in Colombia, Canada (Nova Scotia), and the United States (California, Nevada, and Utah).
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of these flooding events below!
Precipitation & Flooding: Pakistan
Monsoonal rains have resulted in severe flooding in parts of Pakistan, including Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan Provinces. At least 139 people have been killed and 182 injured. Additionally, over 8,800 houses and business have been either partially or fully damaged (PRCS). In 2010, monsoons impacting Pakistan resulted in deadly flooding that affected millions of people (PDC).
The latest forecast for Pakistan shows areas of continued precipitation.
Precipitation & Flooding: Nigeria
Numerous communities in the state of Benue, Nigeria, including the capital city of Makurdi, have been inundated by flood waters resulting from the overflow of the Benue River. Nearly 10,000 homes, businesses, and farmlands have been reported flooded and thousands of people have been displaced, and are in need of shelter (RSOE EDIS). Additionally, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) recently issued a Flood Alert which ordered the immediate evacuation of communities along the Niger River, in response to rising water levels at the Kainji and Jebba hydroelectric power dams. According to the alert, the water levels were the highest in 29 years.
The latest forecast for Nigeria shows areas of continued precipitation.
Other Flooding Events
Some additional flooding events that occurred this week are:
- China (Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province)
- Riverine Flood, worst in 65 years
- About 269,000 persons evacuated (ReliefWeb/Xinhua)
- Thailand (Ayutthaya)
- Disaster zones declared, around 5,000 households affected (ReliefWeb/Thailand Govt.)
- Colombia (Sucre)
- Heavy Rains, Riverine Flooding, Flooding
- Nearly 7,460 persons (1,865 families) affected
- 53 houses destroyed (UNOCHA)
- South Sudan (Akobo County, Jonglei)
- Heavy Rain, Flooding
- 980 households affected (ReliefWeb/Miraya FM)
- South Sudan (Aweil Town, Northern Bahr el Ghazel State)
- Heavy Rain, Flooding
- 700 Houses destroyed (ReliefWeb/Miraya FM)
- United States (Santa Clara, Utah)
- Dike Break
- At least 31 homes and 12 businesses flooded (RSOE EDIS)
PDC is currently monitoring flooding events in: Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, England, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Sudan, Sudan, Thailand, United States, 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.