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As part of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation climate pattern, La Niña is the cooler phase of this ocean-atmosphere phenomenon, where cooler than average sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.
La Niña last occurred from 2010 to 2012, when the watery fury of La Nina spread across the Southern Hemisphere, causing devastating flash floods.
In 2010, following weeks-long floods in the Australian state of Queensland, part of its capital city, Brisbane, was submerged under flood waters.
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 area.
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.
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