Hazard Highlights

April 20, 2016
  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    8 minutes ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 34 km SSW of El Tocuyo, Venezuela

    8 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SE of Calulo, Cuanza Sul - Angola

    29 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Luena, Moxico - Angola

    29 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    38 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    40 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Sangar, Chukot - Russia

    40 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    40 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - S of Verkhoyansk, Chukot - Russia

    40 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Verkhoyansk, Chukot - Russia

    40 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Tunguskhaya, Chukot - Russia

    40 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Manchester, NH Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

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

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - N of Chimoio, Manica - Mozambique

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Huron, SD Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - North Platte, NE Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - S of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    10 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    10 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - south of the Kermadec Islands

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 253 km N of Fais, Micronesia

    12 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Cristina

    16 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 117 km E of Mutsu, Japan

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 6.7 - 98 km N of Batang, Indonesia

    17 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 132 km WSW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Carthage, MS Region, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 9 km E of Villa El Carmen, Nicaragua

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 285 km N of Fais, Micronesia

    18 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - Izu Islands, Japan region

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.2 - 257 km N of Fais, Micronesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - East Ukraine

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Pakistan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - West Kalimantan, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern Japan

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Western Bulgaria

    2 days ago WARNING

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

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Northwestern Arizona, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern China

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern Germany and Northwestern Austria

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Central Poland

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern Nepal

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Central Nepal

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Haiti

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    3 days ago WARNING

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

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Apache County (Wood Springs 2 Fire), Arizona, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Sri Lanka

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Mongolia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Colombia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Puerto Rico

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - US Virgin Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Dominican Republic

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Canada

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    3 months ago WARNING

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

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    3 months ago WARNING

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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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