High-impact of weather and climate events in August 2008


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, monsoon - Chad, Ethiopia, India, Japan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, Togo, Viet Nam

Floods in the south killed three people and forced at least 10 000 from their homes.

Serious flooding killed three people and displaced several thousand others and
severely damaged crops.

At least 700 people were killed in monsoon flooding and in the north state and more than 120 000 people were evacuated in the east.

Heavy rains trigged flooding in vast areas, killing at least one person and prompting authorities to evacuate thousands from their homes.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Heavy rains caused damage to farmland.

Monsoon rains killed at least 100 people at the North-West Frontier Province and adjoining areas around the Afghan border.

More than 500 houses in three villages were inundated and over 480 ha of crops destroyed by floodwaters in the north.

At least nine people were killed in floods triggered by heavy rains in the south with damage to bridges with subsequent increases in transportation and foodstuffs.

Viet Nam
At least 112 people were killed by floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains.

Storm surge
Storm surge buried a village on the southern coast.

Severe water shortage prompted government to invest in the importation of millions of cubic metres of water to a number of islands.

Hurricane-force winds triggered heavy rain in Arizona, leaving tens of thousands without power and the disruption of air transport.

Seven people were injured and eight others missing in an avalanche on Mont Blanc.

Three people were killed and six others injured in a tornado that struck the town of Hautmont near the Belgian border.

Hurricane Gustav - Jamaica, Haiti

Gustav struck Kingston the capital city with force winds and torrential rains disrupting general movement in the entire city.

At least 51 people were killed in floods and mudslides in and around the city of Jacmel, where
Gustav first made landfall.

Tropical storm Julio
Authorities evacuated more than 2 500 families living along riverbeds near the coast as Julio drenched the Baja California peninsula.

Typhoon Nuri - Hong Kong, Philippines

Hong Kong
Nuri triggered a gale-force wind that caused the closure of financial markets, schools, offices and the cancellation of over four hundred flights.

Landslides and floods triggered by Nuri in the northern Philippines killed seven people.

Tropical storm Fay - Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, USA

Fay forced the evacuation of over 3 000 people and livestock from low-lying areas.

Dominican Republic
Four people were killed in the country as a result of heavy rains triggered by Fay, causing the evacuation of thousands to safe areas.

Fay with maximum sustained winds of 55 mph, flooded and killed fourteen people and destroyed vast fields of rice and plantain crops.

Fay dumped rains of 50 to 75 centimeters (20 to 30 inches) in some parts of Florida, causing widespread flooding.                             

Tropical storm Kammuri
At least 400 000 people were evacuated with thousands of vessels called back to port as Kammuri approached southern coast.


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