The watery fury of La Nina is spreading across the Southern Hemisphere, with devastating flash floods hitting Australia and Brazil.
In 2010 the world's media was drawn to Queensland, Australia, when the peak of weeks-long floods in the state culminated in the partial submersion of its capital, Brisbane.
35 lives were lost and around 200,000 people were affected by the disaster, and 20,000 homes were affected by the flood waters.
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 left 212 dead in Brazil, obliterating homes, cars and public infrastructure, and leaving hundreds of thousands affected.
Over the equator floods smashed the Philippines and Sri Lanka, leaving 40 and 15 dead respectively.
This deluge of floods should be a reminder that as a traveler, 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.
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