The watery fury of La Nina is spreading across the Southern Hemisphere, with devastating flash floods hitting Australia and Brazil.
In recent days, the attention of the world's media has been drawn to Queensland, Australia, with the peak of weeks-long floods in the state culminating in the partial submersion of its capital, Brisbane.
It's estimated that around 200,000 people will be affected by the disaster – at least 15 lives have been lost with scores unaccounted for, and more than 9000 homes expected to be destroyed.
But while the world was looking one way, La Nina struck hard in another.
A massive combination flash flood and landslide in the mountain regions near Rio Di Janiero has left 250 dead in Brazil, obliterating homes, cars and public infrastructure, and leaving hundreds of thousands affected.
Over the equator floods have smashed the Philippines and Sri Lanka, leaving 40 and 15 dead respectively.
This current deluge of floods should be a stark reminder that as a traveller, disasters can strike anywhere and any time.
So what should you do if you are ever in a flood? Where is safe and where isn't? What precautions can you take? How can you survive if the worst comes to worst? Let's take a look at some tips.
If circumstances reach a point where it is essential to leave where you are staying, there are a few things you should keep in mind.