Hazard Highlights

May 5, 2016
  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    20 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

    19 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Huron, SD Region, United States

    59 minutes 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

    13 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

    21 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

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

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    4 months ago ADVISORY

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Hazard Highlights
May 5, 2016

Heavy Rainfall Triggers Damaging Floods, Potential Drought Relief in Eastern Africa

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PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on the Horn of Africa, displaying accumulated rainfall over the past three days.

Over the week, parts of eastern Africa received significant heavy rainfall resulting in flooding in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya (CPC). Elevated water levels along the Jubba and Shabelle River Basins triggered damaging floods in eastern Ethiopia and northwestern Somalia; while in Nairobi, Kenya, floods submerged estates and collapsed structures, causing injuries and deaths (CPC, Floodlist, Kenya Red Cross).

Eastern Africa’s first growing season of 2016 is underway, and although most of the region experienced drier than average conditions at the outset, ongoing heavy rainfall since April is expected to alleviate drought conditions across parts of Somalia and Ethiopia, allowing for some recovery of pastoral livelihoods (ReliefWeb/WFP). Heavy rainfall is expected to continue in the coming week, especially over southern parts of Ethiopia and Somalia, as well as central and western Kenya (CPC).

RVA Profile: Ethiopia

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This Week in Hazards:

  • This week marks the one-year anniversary of the first laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus in Brazil, heralding the arrival of the mosquito-borne disease in the Americas (WHO). Over the course of the year, Zika rapidly spread across the Americas, and as of May 5, active Zika virus transmission has been reported in more than 30 countries and territories throughout the region (CDC). In February, the World Health Organization declared Zika a “public health emergency of international concern,” as (then suspected, now confirmed) links to microcephaly and neurological disorders were observed (PDC). For more information on the Zika Virus outbreak in the Americas, click here.
  • Mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect for the city of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, Canada, due to a wildfire in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Gov. of Alberta, RMWB). The wildfire, which began earlier this week, prompted the evacuation of 80,000 people, including all 105 patients of city’s only hospital (PAHO). As of May 5, much of Alberta remains at very high-to-extreme fire danger (CWFIS).

Current Hazard Warnings

Flood: United States (Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri), Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Canada (Ontario)

Winter Storm: Canada (Quebec)

Wildfire: Canada (Alberta)

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

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