High-impact of weather and climate events in February 2007

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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, floods, landslide, cyclone - Angola, Bolivia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan

Angola
Rainstorms killed five people in south-east Luanda.

Bolivia
At least 35 people were killed in the most devastating floods to hit the country in 25 years.

Indonesia
At least nine people were killed and nearly 200 000 homes destroyed after heavy rain.

Madagascar
Floodwaters destroyed an estimated 200 000 tonnes of rice.

Mozambique
At least three people were killed and dozens injured in the tourist resort of Vilanculos when a tropical cyclone hit the southern coast.

Pakistan
A landslide triggered by heavy rains killed 11 people.

Drought, dust haze - Australia, Spain, Bahrain, Thailand

Australia
The worst drought in 100 years.

Bahrain
Severe dust haze disrupted transportation flow.

Spain
Prolonged drought conditions.

Thailand
Unusually long dry weather in at least 28 of 76 provinces.

Winter storm, snow, blizzards - Canada, China, UK, USA

Canada/USA
Canada and the north-eastern USA were hit by snow and sleet in the winter’s worst storms. At least seven people were killed in slippery roads and bitter cold that forced dozens of schools in New York, Wisconsin and Michigan to a close.

China
At least one person was killed and seven others injured after the strongest snowstorm in 56 years hit north-east China.

United Kingdom
Heavy snowfalls across the British midlands and Wales forced the closure of Birmingham International Airport and several schools.

Storms, tornado - Australia, India

Australia
At least one person was killed by lightning in a thunderstorm; cars, homes and businesses were destroyed in Sydney.

Tornado - USA
One person was killed by a tornado in central Florida.

Flooding - India
At least 40 people died in floods in northern India caused by heavy rain.

 

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