Hazard Highlights

April 20, 2016
  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    5 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - W of Juan Jose Castelli, Chaco - Argentina

    13 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Chos Malal, Neuquén - Argentina

    13 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    21 minutes ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Ambali

    23 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Highsurf - Warning (Hawaiian Islands)

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Alaska, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SW of Birao, Vakaga - Central African Republic

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Malakal, Upper Nile - South Sudan

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Grafton, New South Wales - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Katoomba, New South Wales - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

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

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Queensland, Australia

    2 hours ago WATCH

  • Tropical Cyclone - Belna

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northern Rockies and Plains, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Esperance, Western Australia - Australia

    5 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Pawan

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nebraska City, NE Region, United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SW of Diapaga, Tapoa - Burkina Faso

    11 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Carmi, IL Region, United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - New South Wales, Australia

    16 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Eastern Brazil

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Cibitoke Province, Burundi

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern Angola

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern Wyoming, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Sierra Nevada, California, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Little Yoho National Park, Canada

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Germany

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Southeastern Germany

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Argentina

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Djibouti City, Djibouti

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Bududa, Uganda

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Sironko, Uganda

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cunene Province, Angola

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 164km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Drought - Eastern South Korea

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Southeastern New Zealand

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Central New Zealand

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    17 hours ago WARNING

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

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Gunnison and Aspen, Colorado, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northern Utah, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Western Wyoming, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Southeastern Idaho, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Valparaiso Municipality, Chile

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivia

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Western Peru

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flooding - Northern Philippines

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - South India

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 173km NW of Hihifo, Tonga

    22 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Mitchell, SD Region, United States

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 63km NNE of Isangel, Vanuatu

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Alaska, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

    1 day ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern New Mexico

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Western and Northern DR Congo

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia and Kenya

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Central Asia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Pakistan

    2 weeks ago ADVISORY

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    3 months ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    3 days ago WARNING

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

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Republic of the Sudan

    1 week ago ADVISORY

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Hazard Highlights
April 20, 2016

Flooding, Locusts Increase Food Insecurity in Yemen

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PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on the Arabian Peninsula, displaying population density and accumulated rainfall over the past three days.

Approximately 49,000 people across seven governorates in Yemen have been affected by flooding caused by heavy rainfall on April 13 and 14 (UNOCHA). Flooding and landslides severely damaged vital infrastructure (including dams and roads), property, livestock, and crops (IFRC).

In addition to causing significant losses to crops, the effects of recent heavy rainfall is expected to worsen a Desert Locust outbreak currently being monitored in Yemen, as well as other parts of the Arabian Peninsula (FAO, FAO). An estimated 14.4 million people are food insecure in Yemen, and ongoing locust infestations may exacerbate food availability concerns further by threatening crops (UNOCHA, IPS).

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Locust Watch, a Desert Locust can consume roughly its own weight in fresh food per day, and a swarm of about 40 million locusts can eat the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 people (FAO, IPS).

Although surveying has been difficult, and the full extent of the outbreak is yet to be determined due to risks associated with ongoing conflict in the country, Desert Locust swarms are moving inland from Yemen’s coastal regions, and may reach parts of neighboring Saudi Arabia and Oman (ReliefWeb/FAO).

RVA Profile: Yemen

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This Week in Hazards:

  • As of April 20 (0830 local time), the 7.8M earthquake that struck northwestern Ecuador on Saturday, has resulted in 525 deaths and more than 4,600 injuries. Response operations are ongoing, with teams from Chile, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, Spain, Bolivia, and Cuba actively supporting search and rescue efforts. The strong, shallow quake destroyed or affected more than 2,000 buildings and schools, and prompted ‘State of Emergency’ declarations in the provinces of Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo, Manabí, Guayas, Los Ríos, and Santa Elena (SNGR). Concerns regarding water, sanitation, and hygiene issues remain, as systems have been severely impacted, and the health capacity stretched thin (ReliefWeb/IFRC, ReliefWeb/UNICEF).
  • Areal flood warnings—those issued for gradually developing floods due to prolonged and persistent rainfall—are in effect for the Houston area of Texas, United States, due to significant heavy rainfall over the area on Monday (AlertHouston). Record-breaking rainfall was recorded at two Houston airports on April 18, and Monday’s rainfall ranked a close second in “alltime 1-day rainfall” for the city of Houston (NWS, NWS). Response operations are underway (Reuters, City of Houston).
  • Tropical Cyclone Amos has spun up in the South Pacific, and is threatening to bring tropical storm conditions to American Samoa by the weekend (NASA). Recent rainfall has increased the potential for flash flooding and mudslides as Amos nears the Samoan islands, and a flash flood watch is in effect for all islands of American Samoa through Saturday (WSO Pago Pago). A high surf advisory is also in effect for south-facing shores until Sunday (WSO Pago Pago).

Current Hazard Warnings

Tropical Cyclone: Fantala (South Indian Ocean)

Flood: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, United States (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi), Bangladesh, Samoa, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, American Samoa

Winter Storm: Canada (Newfoundland, Labrador, Nunavut, Quebec)

Wildfire: Panama

Drought: Micronesia, Melanesia, South/Southeast Asia, Southern Africa (Madagascar), the Americas (United States, Central)

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