High-impact of weather and climate events in February 2008

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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 rains, floods, flash floods, landslides, monsoon
Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Indonesia, Philippines, United Kingdom, USA

Australia
At least one person was drowned in a flash flood in south-east Queensland.

Bolivia
At least 95 000 people were threatened by flooding as a result of heavy rain.

Brazil
Eight people were killed in mudslides in the hills near Rio de Janeiro after heavy rain.

Ecuador
Thousands of people were evacuated as a result of mudslides triggered by torrential rains in the western part of the country.

Indonesia
Floods and landslides caused by torrential rains in Java and Nusa Tenggara Timur killed 11 people and displaced thousands.

Philippines
Heavy rains in central and southern parts killed 35 people and left 10 missing. In the eastern parts several others were killed as a result of landslides and floods.

United Kingdom
A severe storm grounded a ship on the Irish Sea off the English coast; passengers and crew were airlifted to safety.

USA
Heavy rains in north-eastern Louisiana disrupted transport and caused several accidents.

High wind, gale, dust
Japan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates

Japan
At least one person was killed in gales in the north that grounded planes and halted train services.

Kuwait
Winds blowing at a speed of up to 40 km/h raised a duststorm that forced the closure of ports and disrupted air traffic.

United Arab Emirates
Wind and dusty conditions affected the visibility of motorists and disrupted the flow of traffic.

Drought, hot weather
China, Somalia

China
More than two million people suffered from a lack of drinking water as a result of drought in the province of Hebei.

Somalia
Eastern parts were ravaged by drought and acute water shortages.

Heavy snow, fog, severe cold, frost, blizzard, avalanche
Afghanistan, China, Greece, India, Jordan, Turkey, USA, Viet Nam

Afghanistan
At least 750 people and more than 100 000 heads of livestock died as a result of severe cold and heavy snowfall.

China
At least 129 people were killed, four missing and about 1.7 million evacuated in the worst snow storms in five years. A large part of the country was paralysed.

Greece
Heavy snowfall in the south and Crete disrupted traffic, grounded flights and cut off more than 25 villages.

Jordan
At least 26 people were injured in road accidents in heavy snowfall. Frost also caused the cost of fruit and vegetables to rise.

India
Twenty people were killed and 15 others missing in avalanches caused by the heaviest snowfall in Kashmir in recent years.

Turkey
Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures shut down schools, paralysed traffic and grounded airplanes.

Viet Nam
Cold weather killed at least 60 000 cattle and 104 hectares of crops in northern parts.

USA
Heavy snowfall in the Carolinas, Texas and Ohio caused the closure of many schools and the cancellation of flights.

Severe storms

Cyclone Nicholas
Australia

Cyclone Nicholas with wind gusts of up to 155 km/h forced the closure of businesses, hotels and schools, with tourists taking refuge in a Red Cross evacuation centre.

Cyclone Ivan
Madagascar

Ivan triggered floods which killed at least 60 people and rendered some 145 000 people homeless.

Tornadoes
USA

Dozens of tornadoes killed at least 52 people and injured hundreds more across southern states.

 

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