High-impact of weather and climate events in December 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, gales, floods - Kenya, Malaysia, United Kingdom 

Heavy rains trapped hundreds of tourists in the Masai Mara game reserve. 

Flooding caused by the heaviest rains in 100 years forced more than 20 000 people to flee their homes in the southern state of Johor. 

United Kingdom
Perthshire and other parts of Scotland were badly hit by high winds and heavy rain, disrupting the supply of power to over 1 600 homes. 

Drought - Kenya, USA 

Several scores of livestock were lost to drought, especially along the Darwa River on the Kenya/Ethiopia border.  

Texas suffered the worst single-year losses in livestock.

Snow storm, ice, avalanche - India, USA 

Six people were killed in avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall in Indian Kashmir.

A major snowstorm blew across Colorado leaving more than 30 cm of snow in several places. Several deaths were recorded in Illinois and Missouri as a result of bitter cold.  

Severe storm - Argentina, Uruguay 

Six people died in a severe storm that hit Buenos Aires. 

Two people were killed in the south of the country. 

United Kingdom
At least six people were injured and several homes severely damaged when a tornado struck a residential area of north-west London.

Tropical cyclones - Philippines, Seychelles, Viet Nam

Viet Nam
At least 47 people were killed with more than 300 injured and thousands of houses destroyed, when Durian struck the southern coast. 

At least six people were killed and thousands injured when Utor, a category 2 typhoon with gusts of up to 150 km/h struck the archipelago. 

Thirty-five people were evacuated from a remote atoll ahead of tropical cyclone Bondo, with expected winds of 190 km/h.

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