High-impact of weather and climate events in January 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.

Floods, heavy rains, landslides, mudslides - Australia, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Yemen

There were flash floods in central west New South Wales, after heavy rains. The rains cut the Mitchell Highway between Molong and Orange and flooded several shops.

A flash flood caused by heavy rains killed at least four people in the underground car-park of a shopping mall.

Heavy rain flooded roads and filled basements with water along the Nashwaak River in New Brunswick. Mild temperatures caused ice to break up leading to rising water levels.

A landslide triggered by heavy rains crashed into a village in central Java, killing at least 14 people and trapped others under muddy debris.

Parats of Tel Aviv were flooded after 24 hours of heavy rain and residents had to be evacuated.

More than 1 000 people were evacuated from villages in southern Johor state after heavy rain caused flooding.

Flooding after heavy rains caused the deaths of 18 people in central and northern areas after heavy rains. Thousands were made homeless. Several roads were cut, isolating thousands of people in Beira, Mozambique’s second largest city.

A landslide buried 11 houses and displaced 42 people.

Two days of heavy rain and snow in earthquake-hit areas grounded helicopter aid flights, blocked roads and aggravated respiratory infections among survivors living in makeshift camps.

Papua New Guine
At least 13 people were killed in a landslide some 270 km north-west of the capital, Port Moresby, after days of torrential rain.

South Africa
The streets of Johannesburg were flooded after nights of heavy rain. One person died and 16 others were seriously injured in a highway accident.

Rocks slid off a mountain and crushed 27 houses in a village some 20 km southwest of the capital Sanaa, killing 56 people.

Heavy snow, cold wave, avalanche - Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Germany, India, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey

At least two people were killed in mass pileups of ice that caused obstructions in the flow of bus, train and tram traffic.

Bosnia and Herzegovina
One person was killed by in an avalanche near the capital, Sarajevo.

In the coldest winter in 20 years, more than 100 000 people were re-housed. Snow blanketed the eastern province of Shandong, cutting off roads and grounding aircraft.

Long and dense snowfalls brought havoc to southern Germany. Avalanches felled trees and blocking roads and railway lines. The electricity supply to thousands of homes was disrupted.

More than 116 people died as Delhi experienced its coldest weather in 70 years.

At least one person was killed when a 4 m pile of snow buried houses in the Niigata area.

An avalanche in the north-west killed 24 people.

The snow-laden roof of an exhibition centre collapsed, killing 66 people inside. It was the country’s worst disaster in two decades.

In the coldest spell for a generation, temperatures in Moscow plunged to -30°C, causing many deaths.

Seven climbers were killed when an avalanche that struck their camp in the Tatra Mountains.

At least 17 passengers in a coach were killed by an avalanche between the eastern cities of Bitlis and Diyarbakir.

Drought - Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Portugal, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania

Some 2 500 people fled the eastern province of Ruyigi to the United Republic of Tanzania to escape drought.

An estimated 1.75 million people were hit by food shortage caused by severe drought.

Severe drought aggravated suffering. Livestock died from shrinking pasture and water supply and as millions faced food shortages.

An estimated 1.4 million people were hit by the severe drought in the south of the country.

United Republic of Tanzania
Sever drought brought famine, and reduced poser, threatening the economy.

Heat wave - Australia
A heat wave scorched south-eastern Australia, leaving 4 000 homes without power and stoking bush fire. Some 1,250 homes in the Adelaide metropolitan area and about 2 700 homes in other areas lost power as transformer fused in the heat.

Tropical cyclone Clare - Australia
Tropical cyclone Clare triggered widespread flooding as it moved south across western Australia. Disaster areas were declared in at least three south-western communities.

Tornadoes - USA
Three people were injured by tornadoes in Georgia and Kentucky. Warm weather triggered severe storms in parts of the Ohio Valley and the south spawning tornadoes and dropping hail in Indiana

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