High-impact of weather and climate events in December 2009


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, landslide, Mudslides, monsoon, storm, lightning

Australia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands

Over 400 people were evacuated from their homes in the southeastern parts, as the worst floodwaters in decades hit the area with threats to swamp a remote farming town.

At least 63 people were killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains across the southern parts as rivers rose to the level of rooftops, rendering thousands homeless.

Saudi Arabia
Several schools in Jeddah were shut down for weeks due to severe flood triggered by heavy rain.

Solomon Islands
At least 1 000 people were homeless on the Island after landslides and tsunami destroyed the shelters of about one-third of the population.

Heavy Snow, Avalanche 

South Korea, India, USA, UK

South Korea
The heaviest snowfall in nine years caused massive flight cancellations and serious road traffic problems in Seoul, the capital city.

At least 100 people were killed in cold snap that swept across the northern parts. Worst hit was Uttar Pradesh state where most of the victims were frozen to death.

Winter storm left dangerous ice, heavy snow and vicious winds in the northeastern parts snarling traffic and closing hundreds of schools from Upper Midwest through New England.

Drought/water shortage

One man was killed and about a dozen injured in a violent protest against water rationing in Mumbai, the largest city, after the worst monsoon in nearly four decades hit the region.

Cyclone Mick

Mick killed at least three people as many areas in the Island experienced power cuts and water supply shortages. Several squatters in Suva, the capital, were injured as flying corrugated iron roofs and timber loosened from the damages caused by heavy rain.


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