High-impact of weather and climate events in August 2006


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, monsoon, flash flood, landslides, lightning - Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Niger, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, USA

Floods triggered by heavy rains killed 35 people and destroyed thousands of homes in the eastern provinces. The worst hit areas were Ghazni, Paktika and Paktia provinces.  

Flash floods killed eight people in southern coastal areas and eastern provinces along the Mekong River. 

Heavy rains in the Omo Valley and other lowland areas caused many rivers to burst their banks, killing hundreds of people. 

Monsoon rains and flooding killed about 130 people in the western state of Rajasthan. Tens of thousands of people were displaced.

Floods killed at least four people and displaced more than 2 000 after three days of heavy rain in the north-east. 

Dozens of people were killed in mudslides caused by heavy rain. 

New Zealand
Homes and properties worth millions of dollars were damaged as a result of flooding. 

Torrential rains made over 1 000 people homeless in Ingal.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
About 10 000 were declared dead or missing in the worst flooding in a century that was triggered by two weeks of heavy rainfall. 

Thousands of farmers lost their crops and livestock in flash floods. 

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains killed 16 people in the south and displaced tens of thousands. 

At least two people were injured when their houses collapsed in southern Mogadishu as a result of heavy rains, which flooded the city. 

South Africa
Heavy rain drenched the southern areas of the country, flooding roads and damaging houses. Deep snow blocked mountain passes. 

Floods and heavy rain killed at least 27 people and damaged some 10 000 homes. 

Floods caused by heavy rains in Arizona trapped several motorists when the normally dry riverbeds were turned into torrents. 

Drought/water shortage - Bangladesh, Canada, China, India, Kenya, USA

The country suffered from severe drought; staple crops were threatened.  

A prolonged drought in the Canadian Pacific caused hotels and businesses to close down.  

South-west China suffered its worst drought in 50 years as temperatures soared to 41°C. Damage to crops was estimated at US$ 1.2 billion.  

Three north Bengal districts, as well as South Dinajpur and Malda suffered from severe drought. 

The Horn of Africa suffered a disastrous cycle of drought, which brought misery and death.  

The USA experienced one of the hottest summers since the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s with drought in the Dakotas, Arizona and Alabama. 

Heat wave

Temperatures reached 42°C, prompting authorities to provide air-conditioned halls for the elderly. 

Severe storms, Tornado, tropical cyclones - USA, Mexico, Cuba and Haiti, China, Puerto Rico

A tornado in north-west Kansas injured four people and damaged numerous vehicles. 

Hurricane John triggered heavy rains and huge sea surges in Mexican ports and beaches with strong winds that uprooted trees and the rooftops of many buildings.

About 200 people were evacuated from Wake Island as supertyphoon Loke at (155 mph) inflicted damage on mobile homes and the rooftops of houses.

Cuba and Haiti
Thousands of people were evacuated ahead of Tropical Storm Ernesto. Which drenched eastern Cuba and Haiti.

Over 295 people died from Saomai, China’s strongest typhoon in five decades. More than 1 000 ships were sunk and over 50 000 houses destroyed in the south-east. 

Puerto Rico
The rainfall from Tropical Storm Chris killed three people.  

Forty-eight people lost their lives and 15 declared missing when Typhoon Prapiroon swept through south China. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated. 

Flash floods caused by heavy unseasonal rains, killed at least 13 people in eastern and south-eastern provinces.

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