Hawaii has declared a state of emergency because heavy rains have flooded and destroyed homes, robbed some of the bridges and led to the evacuation of thousands of people. Experts say Hawaii Overall is becoming drier due to climate change, but the rains intensify, leading to more dangerous floods and landslides.
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“I just signed an emergency statement for the Bang Hawai’i after heavy rains and flood has inflicted great damage on both public and private property across the islands, ”Governor David Ige posted on Twitter.
Ige warned that the rain was likely to continue for a few days and urged residents to move to safety. The National Weather Service of Honolulu on Wednesday announced that Hawaii would remain in the range of flash floods.
Among the affected infrastructure is Maui’s Kaupakalua Dam, okay report overflow on monday. In spite of levee Without any structural damage, the spill prompted evacuation orders in the surrounding areas.
“This is an unprecedented flood and we will be offering a damage assessment today,” said Maui Mayor Michael Victorino. “I ask everyone to be alert and safe.”
Floodwaters damaged about six homes, with some calling the fire department on Monday to be rescued. More than 1,300 homes in Maui lost power, according to CNN.
Most of the Maui residents expressed their shock after the terrible flood. Makawao resident Lydia Toccafondi Panzik told reporters: “I’ve lived here for 30 years and I think this is the first time I’ve seen so much rain. I’ve seen storm Many times, I have seen floods, but this is really a bad flood. “
In recent years, this archipelago is experiencing flash floods at an increasingly alarming rate. Some scientists have shown that the rate of flash floods across Hawaii could get even worse, following the continuous effects of climate change. The state’s climate change portal explains that the patterns of precipitation on the island have become unpredictable and complex to manage.
“When we get rain, we endure it all at once and that means more landslides, running water, blooming algae, erosion and flooding, ”the state said.