Hazard Highlights

March 24, 2016
  • Floods - Central, United States

    15 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - Miami, FL Region, United States

    26 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    39 minutes ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    31 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Harlan, KY Region, United States

    46 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - Victoria, TX Region, United States

    46 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 10km SW of Kakching, India

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SE of Champoton, Campeche - Mexico

    42 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero - Mexico

    42 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Kansas City, MO WFO Region, US

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Pecan Acres, TX Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Greenville, TX Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Osceola, AR Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Flood - Spencer, IA Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Huron, SD Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NE of Pine Creek, Northern Territory - Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Caruthersville, MO Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Baton Rouge, LA Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mineola, TX Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - St. Louis, MO--IL Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Louisiana, MO Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Camden, AR Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Terre Haute, IN Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Round Lake Beach--McHenry--Grayslake, IL--WI Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Columbia, SC Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Tonganoxie, KS Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Grand Rapids, MI Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Defiance, OH Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ligonier, IN Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - South Bend, IN--MI Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Three Rivers, MI Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Trinity, TX Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - South Lyon--Howell, MI Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 29km WNW of Foxton, New Zealand

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 205km NNE of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 205km NW of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

    21 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    21 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 125km SW of Mapastepec, Mexico

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - Mid-Indian Ridge

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica

    2 days ago WATCH

  • Storms - Thailand

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Pakistan

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Western Australia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Brazil

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - DR Congo

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Guatemala

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Brazil

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Vietnam

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - West Java, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Yellow Fever - Nigeria

    5 months ago ADVISORY

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    11 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Kenya

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Ethiopia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Africa

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Madagascar

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Yemen

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Mariana Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Measles Outbreak - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    4 months ago INFORMATION

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Hazard Highlights
March 24, 2016

Despite Heavy Rains, Drought Conditions Persist in Southern Africa

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PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on southern Africa, displaying PDC Active Hazards and rainfall accumulation over the past seven days.

Heavy rainfall since late February has helped to lessen short- and long-term moisture deficits experienced in southern Africa, though severe drought conditions persist in regions of South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar following what has been observed as “one of the driest monsoons on record” for the October-February season (CPC).

Since October, poor rainfall and El Niño-induced dry conditions have led to reduced water availability, delayed planting, and major reductions in planting area across parts of southern Africa—and for some of the crops that had been planted, poor conditions have led to permanently wilted and underdeveloped crops (CPC, FAO).

As of March 2016, El Niño-induced drought has led Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe to declare “national emergencies,” while five provinces of South Africa have been declared “drought disaster areas” (FAO). Improved rainfall through the end of the month is expected to replenish water availability and benefit some pastoral areas, however, significant crop reductions remain likely due to poor rainfall during previous months (CPC). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that below-average 2016 harvests, along with increased food prices and other drought-related factors, will play a significant role in increasing food insecurity across the region into 2017 (FAO).

RVA Profile: South Africa

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This Week in Hazards:

  • Over the last week, severe weather conditions have impacted parts of southeastern China. Heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail, and strong winds have caused flooding and landslides, prompting the evacuation of more than 7,000 people in the provinces of Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Giangxi, and Guinzhou (ECHO). Observed rainfall totals indicate that south China has entered the “pre-rainy season” two weeks earlier than usual, but heavy rains should ease by the weekend (CMA, GDEMO).
  • More than 800 contacts of recently confirmed Ebola cases in Guinea have been placed under medical monitoring in an effort to contain a flare-up of the disease (WHO). According to media reports, five people have died of Ebola in southeast Guinea since March 17, and Liberia closed its border with the country earlier this week as a precaution against the recent outbreak (Reuters).

Current Hazard Warnings

Flood: Australia (Queensland), Indonesia, Pakistan, United States (Southern), China (Southeastern)

Winter Storm: United States (Northwest, Midwest), Canada (Eastern)

Earthquake: Russia

Drought: Southeast Asia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Southern Africa, Madagascar, Eastern Caribbean, United States (Western)

Biomedical: West Africa

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