Hazard Highlights

March 31, 2016
  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    24 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Northern Rockies and Plains, United States

    23 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Huron, SD Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Santa Maria, Guatemala

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Wa, Upper West - Ghana

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfires - Western Australia, Australia

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Winter Storm - Northwestern, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Southwestern, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Upper Midwestern, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Lithgow, New South Wales - Australia

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - E of Karumba, Queensland - Australia

    10 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Batemans Bay, New South Wales - Australia

    10 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    14 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storm - Eastern and Central Paraguay

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Peru

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Trinidad _ Tobago

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Pakistan

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern and Central India

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern France

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern France

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds -Central Spain

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northern Spain

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Sardegna, Italy

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Switzerland

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Central and Eastern Switzerland

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Shishaldin, United States

    20 hours ago WATCH

  • Avalanche - Central Idaho, United States

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Central Washington and Northern Oregon, United States

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Wyoming

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern South Africa

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslide - Badakshan Province, Afghanistan

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Malé, Maldives

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Central Canada

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Yukon, Canada

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Bolivia

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Republic of the Sudan

    2 weeks ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Logone-et-Chari, Cameroon

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Sabah, Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Narino Department, Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Burundi

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Madagascar

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Japan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Argentina

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia and Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Musanze, Rwanda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - South Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern South Korea

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storms - Central Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - White Island, New Zealand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Germany

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northern Utah, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Western Wyoming, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Park, Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Little Yoho National Park, Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northwestern Montana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Valparaiso Municipality, Chile

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Floods - Johor State, Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storm - Eastern Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Pakistan

    3 weeks ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - Izu Islands, Japan region

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    4 months ago ADVISORY

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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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