First stricken by drought, now a third round of torrential rains within a month has flooded southern China, killing 25 people. The second round of heavy rains left 77 dead from floods and mudslides.
The flood has forced the evacuation of almost a quarter million people in the middle and lower Yangtze River valleys. Officials have raised the disaster alert to the highest level. More than 2,000 soldiers have been mobilized for emergency response in the area.
US Midwest and South
Storm fronts dumped repeated rounds of record rainfall to create what’s been called a 1000-year flood and one of the largest tornado outbreaks in history.
Already heavy rains have filled reservoirs to the brim and landslides are occurring all over the West. Large parts of Montana, Wyoming, and other states are disaster areas. On top to that, snowpack levels 220-700% above normal across the West threaten to swamp all flood control attempts.
The wettest spring on record has flooded an area larger that the state of Texas. Record or near to record sea surface temperatures were recorded off the Queensland coast in late 2010 is blamed for the heavy rainfall.
Record-breaking floods that recently destroyed almost 2 million homes, killed 1540, and displaced 20 million people were caused by unprecedented monsoon rains attributed to a “freezing” of the jet stream. This phenomenon is also blamed for heat waves and wildfires.
How to Protect Yourself from Flood
Knowing how to protect yourself can lessen the danger from flood. Here are ideas to help:
- FEMA link During a Flood lists safety precautions.
- Take the Basic Survival Quiz and share it with family and friends.
- Check out the fun, new book Who Survives, A Survival Manual in Disguise with quizzes designed to help you learn how to survive almost any disaster, including nuclear.
- Our Amazon Disaster Survival Store is a great place to compare emergency evacuation kits and much more.