High-impact of weather and climate events in December 2005


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.

Floods/flash floods/heavy rains/landslide/thunderstorms - Albania, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam

At least two people were killed and electricity supplies disrupted by floods caused by heavy rain. Hundreds of homes were flooded and many roads were rendered inaccessible. 

Many cars were stalled in flooded roads as wild storms lashed Melbourne for two days. 

Flash floods caused by heavy rains killed at least 57 people in East Java, with 30 missing and thousands rendered homeless.

At least four people were killed and more than 10 000 people were made homeless as a result of flooding triggered by heavy rains.

Two people were killed and over 100 000 affected by floods triggered by heavy rains. 

Torrential monsoon rains wreaked havoc across the south of the country. Twelve people were killed and two reported missing.  Seven of the victims died in two mudslides. 

Viet Nam
Flash floods triggered by prolonged rains killed at least 11 people.

Heavy snow - Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Japan, USA 

Snow drifted onto railway tracks and roads, slowing down buses, trains and trams. At least two people were killed.

Czech Republic
Snowstorms and strong winds killed two people, uprooted trees and cut off power supplies.

Heavy rain and snow disrupted businesses and transportation system in north-western parts.

Heavy snowfall wreaked havoc in many parts of Japan, leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without electricity, disrupting traffic and forcing power plants to shut down.

23 people were frozen to death in a snowstorm. 

Snow was heavy in the eastern Oklahoma and the eastern shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario. The Rockies, the Plains and Great Lakes region experienced frigid temperatures.

Tropical storms - Honduras, USA

Tropical Storm Gamma

At least 34 people were killed and over 30 000 rendered homeless as Tropical Storm Gamma flooded low-lying areas and caused damages to banana farms.

Hurricane Epsilon
Central Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Epsilon was the 26th named storm and the 14th hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. Epsilon formed in late November and lasted into December, becoming one of the strongest and longest-lasting Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded so late in the season. Epsilon disrupted shipping and fishing activities with a range of about 950 km west-southwest of the Azores. 

Drought - Australia, Brazil, Mozambique 

As a result of the prolonged drought, rivers dried up causing serious problems for farmers.

The Amazon River basin, the world’s largest rain forest, was devastated by drought. Some areas were the worst hit since record-keeping began a century ago. It generated forest fires, killed fish and crops and stranded boats.

The livelihood and food security of more than 800 000 people were threatened as the country was devastated by drought.


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