Writers at NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio said "Landslides are one of the most dangerous natural hazards on the planet. Between 2007 and 2015, there were more than 25,000 reported deaths due to rainfall-triggered landslides around the world,"
Heavy rainfall on Monday in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan has caused several mudslides that have left six dead. Most of the deaths are attributed to homes being destroyed by the landslides; the rest of the deaths are likely to have been caused by drowning. The village of Minamiaso has issued an evacuation order to citizens in at risk areas and the town of Mashiki has issued an evacuation advisory to all 34,000 residents.
Early in the morning on Friday, July 1st, a landslide occurred in the Guizhou Province of China trapping 30 people under debris. As of Sunday, all missing persons were accounted for. Unfortunately, 23 people were killed while the remaining 7 were transported to local hospitals in serious condition but are expected to survive.
The landslide was caused by heavy rainfall in the area. Much of China has experienced greater than average rainfall this year. Just last week a hurricane-force storm killed 98 people in Jiangsu Province.
Soldiers and rescue workers were dispached to the Guizhou Province to search for those lost in the landslide. Now that everyone is accounted for, reconstruction and repair of the area has begun. Over 95,000 cubic meters of material was moved by the landslide which covered 19,000 square meters. Over 120,000 people were displaced due to the size of the landslide.
The Louisiana State Government continues to send aid in response to the mass flooding throughout much of the state. Reports say that emergency responders have rescued over 1000 people so far. Flash flood warnings are in effect for much of the southern part of the state and officials are urging people to evacuate areas at high risk for flooding.
The mass flooding was caused by a historic amount of rainfall. Many areas experienced approximately 21 inches of rain in just 24 hours causing rivers to surge and flood their banks. A high number of nearby residents did not evacuate, believing the water would not reach their homes. As a result, many had to be rescued as their homes were nearly submerged.
Over 1250 national guard soldiers have been dispatched to affected areas to provide aid. Along with them, 170 high water vehicles, 20 boats, and 5 helicopters have been deployed. Even so, stories have arisen of citizens helping others in need across the state. Three men in a boat rescued a woman and her dog from a rapidly sinking car last weekend.
A state of emergency has been declared for southern Louisiana and it is expected to remain in place until September 10th.