USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for Nearly 250,000 People in 103 Communities

Projects in 35 States Will Improve Quality of Life and Build a Foundation for Rural Prosperity WASHINGTON, July 16, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $267 million in 103 infrastructure projects (PDF, 298 KB) to upgrade water and wastewater … More USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for Nearly 250,000 People in 103 Communities

Japan – Floods and Landslides Leave 80 Dead, 28 Missing

     Floods and landslides in Japan have killed at least 80 people and left 28 people missing, according to the country’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA).\ Torrential rain in the wake of Typhoon Prapiroon prompted authorities to issue an initial 160,000 evacuation notices on 06 July, 2018. Since then the torrential rainfall has triggered … More Japan – Floods and Landslides Leave 80 Dead, 28 Missing

Floods and Landslides Ravage Northern Provinces of Vietnam

LAI CHÂU Province, Vietnam — Heavy rain over the weekend (23/24 June) has resulted in deadly flash floods and landslides in many northern mountainous provinces. At least three people have died, three are missing and five others have been injured in Lai Châu Province, according to provincial authorities. Director of the province’s Department of Agriculture … More Floods and Landslides Ravage Northern Provinces of Vietnam

IMERG Examines Flooding In Southern Texas From Space

While Tropical Storm Bud was lashing parts of western Mexico and causing flooding that extended into the American Southwest, a tropical disturbance was spinning over the Gulf of Mexico and straddling southeastern Texas. This system sat in place for almost a week bringing extremely heavy rainfall and causing a flash flood emergency. More than 15 … More IMERG Examines Flooding In Southern Texas From Space

1000 Year Floods – Ellicott City, MD, US Experiences 2 in 2 years!

On Sunday May 27th, 2018, parts of Ellicott City, MD, USA experienced between 5.36 inches and 10.38 inches of rain in about three hours, causing flash flooding in the city. In the storm of 2016 Ellicott City was hit by 6.5 inches of rain, causing flash flooding. According to the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra … More 1000 Year Floods – Ellicott City, MD, US Experiences 2 in 2 years!

6,500 Evacuated From Area of Hidtoituango Dam in Colombia

On 17 May 2018, the National Disaster Risk Management Unit (UNGRD) published a Press Release indicating that more than 6,500 people were evacuated from the area where the Hidroituango hydroelectric dam flooded due to heavy rain near Ituango, Antioquia Department, Colombia. In the town of Puerto Valdivia, all of its inhabitants have been moved to … More 6,500 Evacuated From Area of Hidtoituango Dam in Colombia

Lower Fraser River Communities to Prepare for Potential Flooding – British Columbia

The Government of British Columbia is encouraging local governments and First Nations communities along the lower Fraser River to prepare for potential flooding, due to increased snowmelt and higher-than-normal temperatures. The Province is concerned about the current weather forecast in the region and its potential impact. The Fraser River is currently experiencing high flow rates. … More Lower Fraser River Communities to Prepare for Potential Flooding – British Columbia

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes southeastern Turkey

39 people suffer injuries, says health minister A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck Samsat district in Turkey’s southeastern Adiyaman province early Tuesday (24.4.18), injuring 39 people, according to a regional governor. The Turkish Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the quake struck at 3.34 a.m. (0034 GMT) at a depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles). Speaking at a news conference … More Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes southeastern Turkey

Disasters Could Cost Asia-Pacific Region $160 Billion Per Year by 2030, UN Warns

Economic losses to disasters in Asia and the Pacific could exceed $160 billion annually by 2030, the United Nations development arm in the region warned on Tuesday (24.4.18), urging greater innovation in disaster risk financing. The need is all the more pressing given that only eight per cent of region’s losses are insured, said the … More Disasters Could Cost Asia-Pacific Region $160 Billion Per Year by 2030, UN Warns

UCLA Study Forecasts a Severe Climate Future for California

UCLA research predicts dramatic shifts between extreme dry and extreme wet weather by end of 21st century California is headed for a future of precipitation extremes. Research by UCLA climate scientists, published today in Nature Climate Change, projects that the state will experience a much greater number of extremely wet and extremely dry weather seasons, … More UCLA Study Forecasts a Severe Climate Future for California