High-impact of weather and climate events in April 2005

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The information summarized has been culled from international press reports and is indicative only. For official information, including final statistics, readers are advised to contact the National Meteorological Service of the country in question.

Snow - Afghanistan, USA

Afghanistan
Cold weather and snow killed 21 children. The snow also destroyed 150 homes and killed hundreds of farm animals. 

USA
Up to 66 cm of snow buried parts of Wyoming and Montana. Logan was swollen by snowmelt and a heavy rainstorm. Streams in northern Utah overflowed their banks flooding dozens of homes, closing roads and spilling sewage, threatening drinking water sources and damaging crops. In New Jersey, 6 000 were forced from their homes by flooding that caused millions of dollars in damage. In Pennsylvania 5 715 were evacuated their homes after the Delaware River surged out of its banks. 

Floods - China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Serbia and Montenegro, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen  

China
Flooding trapped 69 miners underground in the north-eastern province of Jilin.  

Ethiopia
A river burst its banks in the Ogaden region of eastern Ethiopia as a result of heavy rains, causing a flash flood which killed least 84 people and destroying many homes in some 40 villages. 

India
At least 38 people died in a flash flood in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. 

Indonesia
Flash floods swept through three villages when a river burst its banks after a day of heavy rain in the province of Aceh, leaving at least 15 people dead and destroying some 490 homes.  

Serbia and Montenegro
Hundreds of homes were flooded and dozens of livestock drowned in what was thought to be the worst flooding in the area in 40 years.  

Somalia
At least five people were killed and hundreds displaced by flooding that was caused by non-stop rains. Roads, buildings and other basic infrastructure were destroyed.  

United Republic of Tanzania 
The heaviest rains to strike Tanzania’s Zanzibar islands in 30 years forced at least 400 families from their homes. Some areas received nearly 0.5 m of rainfall in three days.  

Yemen
After two days of heavy rain, flash floods killed at least 10 people and destroyed agricultural land and houses. 

Storms - Algeria, USA 

Algeria
Four crew members of a shipwrecked cargo vessel and a member of Algeria’s rescue services died in heavy storms off the Algerian coast.  

USA
Winds ripped through central Florida, overturning planes and trucks and damaging buildings. Traffic was disrupted and there was a trail of fallen trees. The storm damaged at least 20 homes and left more than 6 000 people without power.  

Drought - Australia, Cambodia, China, Thailand 

Australia
After no proper rain for months, it looked as if the drought that hit in 2002—the worst in a century—was returning. Wheat was growing only in patches in eastern Australia. The grasses were dead and the trees were thinning out.  

Cambodia
Cambodia was hit by the worst drought in 50 years. The Prek Tkmaout river in Kampong Speu province, west of Phnom Penh, dried up and left hundreds of hectares of rice paddies and fields without water. 

China
More than nine million people faced drinking-water shortages. Farmers had little or no water to irrigate lands already dried out by the worst drought to strike some parts of the country in 50 years. 

Thailand
The country's worst drought in seven years. 

Thunderstorms
USA

The strongest storms occurred in Mississippi and Louisiana, where several tornadoes, large hailstones and damaging winds were reported. 

Tornadoes
China

A tornado tore through two towns in eastern China, killing seven people and injuring more than 80 others.

 

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