High-impact of weather and climate events in April 2008

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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.

Heavy rain, hail, floods, flash floods, landslides - Brazil, China, USA

Brazil
Floods triggered by heavy rains killed at least 34 people and left 190 000 homeless in the north-east.

China
A freak hailstorm killed five people, injured 66 others and damaged thousands of homes in central China.

USA
At least one person was killed with several others injured in heavy rain, hail and high wind in Tennessee and Kentucky. Farmland was destroyed in Iowa.

Snow - United Kingdom, USA

United Kigdom
The heaviest spring snowstorms in almost 20 years covered much of the country, hindering road and air traffic.

USA
An unseasonable snowstorm more than 25 cm of snow on parts of Washington state, causing the disruption of transport.

Windstorm, Sandstorm, Gales - Australia, Iraq, Pakistan

Australia
At least one person was killed as wind swept across southern.

Iraq
One of the worst sandstorms, in years, forced the closure of Baghdad International Airport.

Pakistan
At least one person was killed in a windstorm in Punjab.

Drought
Australia, China, Cyprus, Kenya, Spain, Turkey, Zimbabwe

Australia
New South Wales, one of the county’s biggest agricultural states, was badly hit by the worst drought in 100 years.

China
Some 6 million hectares of arable land in Heilongjiang province in the north-east, suffered severely from drought.

Cyprus
The country experienced the worst drought in a decade, as the level of reservoirs dropped, forcing emergency water rationing and speeding up plans to desalinate more seawater.

Kenya
Severe drought in northern parts dried up waterholes, destroying pastureland and livstock.

Spain
The country had its worst drought in 40 years; rainfall had been at 40 per cent of normal for 18 months; the level of water in reservoirs was 46 per cent.

Turkey
Drought in the south-east affected the lentil crop, which is an export commodity.

Zimbabwe
Many provinces in the country were hit by severe drought which, putting at risk the 2008 maize harvest.

Typhoon Neoguri
China

At least three were killed and 40 others missing after Typhoon Neoguri hit the southern city of Shenzhen.

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