High-impact of weather and climate events in January 2007


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, flash flood, mudslides, landslides - Angola, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Burundi, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mozambique, Philippines

Floods triggered by torrential rains killed three people and caused the collapse of more than 20 houses in Luanda. 

Gale-force winds and record rains resulted in flooding and widespread power blackouts in the town of Esperance, Western Australia.  

Heavy rains caused flooding and socio-economic disruption.  

Over 50 people were killed in mudslides following torrential rain in south-east Brazil. 

Heavy rains killed at least four people and left about 23 000 homeless.  

Landslides and floodwaters triggered by heavy rains killed 11 people with over 20 others missing in the north-east. 

Over 115 000 people were forced to flee their homes in floods in the south and in Borneo. 

Torrential rains claimed five lives and rendered more than 3 500 homeless. 

Floods and landslides in the central and southern Philippines killed 23 people and displaced thousands. 

Severe storms
Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA 

The worst storm in years with gale-force winds and heavy rains caused structural damage in Amsterdam, forced the cancellation of flights and closed several schools. 

At least three people died on a road accident that was caused by high winds. 

Three people were killed in severe storms. Air, rail and road traffic was disrupted.  

United Kingdom
At least one person died in a storm with gale-force winds and heavy rain. 

At least two people were killed, destroyed homes and caused flooding in Louisiana, South Carolina and north Georgia.

Snow, winter storm, winter blizzard - Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, USA

In Carinthia province, 12 000 homes lost electricity when heavy snow toppled trees.  

Vancouver received 50 cm of snow. 

As a result of heavy snow, the rail system was disrupted and power was cut off to somem 85 000 homes in central France.  

Icy roads caused multiple accidents, killing three people and injuring dozens. 

Some 5 000 visitors were evacuated from the Hermon ski resort due to a blizzard and the onset of heavy fog.

Republic of Korea
At least 28 people were injured in an accident on an icy highway 200 km south of Seoul. 

United Kingdom
Three people were killed as snow and ice caused travel chaos, halting trains and planes and cutting off electricity to thousands of homes. 

At least 29 people were killed in a massive winter storm that moved eastward bringing snow, sleet, ice and flash floods

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