Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 10 Jan 2018
Carpinteria, Jan 10 (JEN): Heavy rain induced mudslides have killed at least 13 people in California's Santa Barbara County on Tuesday, reports said.
In addition, dozens were injured and a few of them missing after rain swept the hillsides of the county.
California in recent months has witnessed one of the deadliest wildfires in the history of the United States of America. According to experts, the charred lands were quick to form mudslides.
Sounding alert, the LAPD tweeted, "The local weather forecasts seem to show the heaviest #LARain has moved past the area. We still want to emphasize, DO NOT go near any moving water. It only takes 6 inches of moving water to knock an adult of their feet!"
A mandatory evacuation order is now in place for residents living between 8300 and 8800 La Tuna Canyon Road. Residents south of these addresses are encouraged to voluntarily evacuate. More info on road closures & shelters below pic.twitter.com/WD7PXZVGfx— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) January 10, 2018
It said that a mandatory evacuation order for residents living between 8300 and 8800 La Tuna Canyon Road has been placed.
"Residents south of these addresses are encouraged to voluntarily evacuate," the order read.
Natural disasters in the past year have caused the US more than $306 billion in damage, surpassing all previous records. It is expected to increase as the math was done prior to the mudslides.
- Hurricane Michael: Storm kills at least 16, leaves behind a trail of destruction
- Hurricane Michael: Storm kills at least one person in Florida, downgraded
- Hurricane Michael: Florida braces for 'extremely dangerous' category 4 storm
- 5.9 earthquake hits Haiti, 11 killed
- UN system mobilizing to support Indonesia, following earthquake and tsunami disaster