Hazard Highlights

March 31, 2016
  • Wildfire - S of Severobaykalsk, Buryat - Russia

    9 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Ust-Ulimsk, Irkutsk - Russia

    9 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Chernyshevskiy, Chukot - Russia

    10 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Northeastern, United States

    13 minutes ago WARNING

  • Tropical Storm - Cristina

    42 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - Washoe County (Mahogany Fire), Nevada, United States

    37 minutes ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Canada

    41 minutes ago WARNING

  • Storms - Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysia

    48 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    55 minutes ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - Santa Clara County (Crews Fire), California, United States

    58 minutes ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    57 minutes ago WARNING

  • Floods - Sula Islands, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.6 - 93 km N of Batang, Indonesia

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Northwestern England

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Tucson (Bighorn Fire) , Arizona, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Brazil

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Vietnam

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Floods - Sarawak, Malaysia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Tyler, TX Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Storms - Central Ontario, Canada

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Los Angeles County (Soledad Fire), California, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Floods/ Landslides - Central and Western Nepal

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern Japan

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Calulo, Cuanza Sul - Angola

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Malanje - Angola

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SW of Malanje - Angola

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    3 hours ago WARNING

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

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - State of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - South Sandwich Islands region

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Edouard

    6 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Udachnyy, Chukot - Russia

    6 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - Izu Islands, Japan region

    8 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - Mariana Islands region

    13 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.2 - 254 km N of Fais, Micronesia

    8 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - SW of Malanje - Angola

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 174 km NNE of Colonia, Micronesia

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Mitchell, SD Region, United States

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Philadelphia, MS Region, United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - W of Ust-Ulimsk, Irkutsk - Russia

    18 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 33 km ENE of Port-Olry, Vanuatu

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 219 km S of Sand Point, Alaska

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Pakistan

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Puerto Rico

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Dominican Republic

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Haiti

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - US Virgin Islands

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Mariana Islands

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

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

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

    1 week ago WARNING

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Hazard Highlights
March 31, 2016

Update on Drought Conditions in the Pacific: Palau and Papua New Guinea

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

In their weekly regional update, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (UN OCHA) reports that Palau is the latest country in the Pacific to “declare an El Niño-related State of Emergency” (ReliefWeb/UN OCHA). On March 22, Palau’s President issued an Executive Order to declare a State of Emergency due to extreme drought, citing weather reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) indicating that the cumulative rainfall over Koror (Palau’s largest town and commercial center) in the past four months was the “lowest recorded since 1951,” and that the trend is likely to continue, worsening conditions all islands and atolls of Palau (Republic of Palau, NOAA).

According to the Executive Order, the Ngerimel Dam—one of two sources of water for the Koror-Airai Water System—has run out of water and been shut down, and the only remaining source of freshwater—the Ngerikiil River—is at a critically low level, producing only 19% of its normal water supply. As of March 22, Palau Public Utilities Corporation has placed parts of Koror, Airai, Ngarchelong, Ngaraard, Ngatpang, and Peleliu states on an “Emergency Water-Rationing Schedule” (Republic of Palau).

In Papua New Guinea, prolonged drought conditions and frost have affected the food security of nearly 1.5 million people, with more than 162,000 people facing extreme food shortages in the Western, Southern Highland, Enga, Chimbu, and Milne provinces (ReliefWeb/UN OCHA). In response to the significant agricultural impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño, drought-tolerant-crop seeds and drip-irrigation systems have been distributed to assist 80,000 subsistence farming families in the four worst-affected provinces (ReliefWeb/FAO).

RVA Profile: Papua New Guinea

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(Note: All measures of resilience, including vulnerability profiles, change as conditions change.)

This Week in Hazards:

  • Storm Katie brought heavy rains, strong winds, and storm surge to several areas of the United Kingdom and France as it moved across northern Europe earlier this week (ECHO). According to media reports, Katie’s strong winds affected air travel in England and France, leading to cancelled or diverted flights due to safety concerns; severe weather also left thousands without electricity (TWC, Floodlist) As of March 31, flood alerts remain in force for the Midlands, Northeast, and Southeast regions of England due in part to high river levels (MetOffice, Environment Agency).
  • Since March 28, Winter Storm Troy has brought more than two feet of snow to parts of the Rocky Mountain region of the United States, including Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah states (TWC, NOAA). Light to moderate snowfall is forecast over parts of Colorado and New Mexico into next week (WPC, WPC Map). As of March 31, winter weather advisories remain in effect for northern New Mexico, indicating that—although brief—periods of snowfall will cause travel difficulties (NWS).
  • Since the first cases in the ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Angola were reported in the Luanda province in December, suspected cases have been reported in 16 of the country’s 18 provinces. As of March 21, the number of suspected and confirmed cases reported has reached more than 1,100, including 168 deaths. Although Luanda province remains the most affected, reported cases in other provinces are increasing (WHO).

Current Hazard Warnings

Flood: Indonesia, Australia (Queensland), England, United States (Louisiana, Arkansas), Canada (Ontario)

Winter Storm: Canada (Eastern), United States (Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana)

Avalanche: Canada (British Columbia)

Tornado: United States (Southern)

High Surf: United States (Hawaii)

Volcano: United States (Alaska)

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

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