High-impact of weather and climate events in January 2010

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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, landslide, monsoon, storm, lightning
Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, Palestine, Peru, Philippine, USA

Australia
Heavy rains flooded parts of the vast desert centre causing rare waterfalls spilling from the iconic monolith Uluru, or Ayers Rocks.

Brazil
More than 100 people were killed by mudslides and floods triggered by heavy rains across southeastern parts. Two dams were filled to capacity in Sao Paulo state, threatening 12 soaked cities with flooding.

Kenya
Floods triggered by heavy rains killed 38 people and forced more than 40 000 from their homes.

Mexico
Heavy flooding in parts of the border city of Tijuana killed one person, with at least 10 others reported missing.

Palestine (Gaza)
Dozens of homes and farms south of Gaza city were destroyed as a result of inundation caused by flood waters from heavy rains in parts of the Middle East.

Philippine
Flash flood caused by days of rainfall killed three people in the Gibong river in San Francisco town in the island of Mindanao.

Peru
Mudslides killed at least one person, leaving over 475 tourists stranded for two days near Peru's famed Machu Picchu citadel.

USA
Hundreds of homeowners were evacuated in California as fire-ravaged areas affected by storm prompting warnings of flash floods and mudslides.

Heavy snow, severe cold
China, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, UK, USA

China
Extreme cold and snow killed four people in Northwest China. 



Germany
Snow and icy weather disrupted travel across Europe, forcing a state of emergency on parts of Germany's Baltic coast.

Mexico
Severe cold killed nine in Chihuahua, the largest state by area which borders the United States.

Poland
Eleven people died in Poland, taking the country's winter death toll past 200.

Romania
Some 22 people died in Romania, where snowdrifts blocked roads and temperatures fell as low as -34°C.

Switzerland
Thousands of passengers were stranded at Geneva's Cointrin airport as it was shut after heavy overnight snow.

UK
Up to 15 cm of snow with freezing temperatures blanketed Wales and south-west England, creating hazardous driving conditions for motorists.

USA
Weeks of freezing temperatures in Florida caused significant damage to the orange crop.

Bush fire
Australia

A major bushfire in the western part destroyed almost 40 homes.

Tornado
USA

Tornado struck near a town in east Texas, causing damage and injuring several people and trapping others in their homes.

 

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