Hazard Highlights

May 5, 2016
  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 34 km SSW of El Tocuyo, Venezuela

    6 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SE of Calulo, Cuanza Sul - Angola

    12 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Luena, Moxico - Angola

    12 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    21 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    23 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Sangar, Chukot - Russia

    23 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    23 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - S of Verkhoyansk, Chukot - Russia

    23 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Verkhoyansk, Chukot - Russia

    23 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Tunguskhaya, Chukot - Russia

    23 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 - Dukono, Indonesia

    5 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - S of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    9 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Batagay, Chukot - Russia

    9 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - south of the Kermadec Islands

    9 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

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Cristina

    15 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

    16 hours ago WATCH

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

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Carthage, MS Region, United States

    16 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
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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