High-impact of weather and climate events in April 2009

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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 rains, floods, flash floods, landslides, mudslides, lightning, thunderstorm, high winds, tropical cyclones - Australia, India, Qatar, USA

Australia
At least one person was killed in floods that disrupted power and transport flow in south-east Queensland.

India
Four people were killed and many others injured in heavy rain in Madhya Pradesh.

Qatar
Torrential rainfall accompanied with high winds, caused the cancellation of the season opening of Motor Grand prize in the country.

USA
Severe flooding in North Dakota disrupted business and life as the swollen Cheyenne River overran the sewer system in Valley City.

Heat wave

India
At least 23 people died in a heat wave in eastern parts. In Talchar, the temperature rose to 44.3°C.

Drought - India, USA

India
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.

USA
Drought in Texas threatened coastal wildlife.

Snow, ice, avalanche - India, USA

India
At least seven people were killed as avalanches triggered by fresh snow hit the country’s border with Pakistan.

USA
Thousands of homes and businesses lost their electrical service in Boulder and Denver areas in Colorado, after a powerful snowstorm.

Windstorms

Australia
Wild windstorms swept across southwest Victoria and Melbourne and injured at least two persons in Tasmania.

Tornadoes

USA
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.

Cyclone Bijli

Bangladesh
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.

 

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