High-impact of weather and climate events in April 2009
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 rains, floods, flash floods, landslides, mudslides, lightning, thunderstorm, high winds, tropical cyclones - Australia, India, Qatar, USA
At least one person was killed in floods that disrupted power and transport flow in south-east Queensland.
Four people were killed and many others injured in heavy rain in Madhya Pradesh.
Torrential rainfall accompanied with high winds, caused the cancellation of the season opening of Motor Grand prize in the country.
Severe flooding in North Dakota disrupted business and life as the swollen Cheyenne River overran the sewer system in Valley City.
At least 23 people died in a heat wave in eastern parts. In Talchar, the temperature rose to 44.3°C.
Drought - India, USA
Severe drought forced at least 60 per cent of large animals (cows, camels and horses) and 50 per cent of small animals (sheep and goats) to migrate to greener pastures.
Drought in Texas threatened coastal wildlife.
Snow, ice, avalanche - India, USA
At least seven people were killed as avalanches triggered by fresh snow hit the country’s border with Pakistan.
Thousands of homes and businesses lost their electrical service in Boulder and Denver areas in Colorado, after a powerful snowstorm.
Wild windstorms swept across southwest Victoria and Melbourne and injured at least two persons in Tasmania.
Two people were killed and dozens injured in Tennessee when a series of tornadoes struck, causing extensive property damage in several communities. In the north of Texas and southwest Kansas more than 20 buildings were either damaged or destroyed.
Thousands of people were evacuated from the coastal areas along the Bay of Bengal as Bijli triggered high waves and tidal surge at the coastline.