High-impact of weather and climate events in July 2009

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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, thunderstorms
Bangladesh, China, Japan, North Korea, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam

Bangladesh
At least six people were killed and half a million stranded in their homes due to torrential rains near Habiganj district, some 200 km north-east of the capital Dhaka.

China
Flooding and heavy rain in southern China killed at least 15 and forced 550,000 people to evacuate their homes. Worst hit was Guangxi, where 285,800 people were affected.

Japan
At least 12 people were killed with six others missing in landslides and floods triggered by heavy rains in the western part of the country.

North Korea
Torrential rain in the capital Pyongyang and other regions caused severe flooding and aggravated the country's food shortages.

Nigeria
Floods caused by heavy rain ground to a halt Lagos. Most affected were the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and the nation’s busiest seaports, Apapa Quays and Tin Can Island Port.

Pakistan
At least 33 people were killed and 150 others injured due to heavy rains in the port city of Karachi.

Philippines
Heavy rain and widespread flooding forced the closure of many schools, offices and the country's stock exchange.

Thailand
Landslides triggered by heavy rain in the southern provinces blocked several roads and disrupted free flow if traffic in the district of Surat Thani.

Vietnam
Heavy rains trigged by floods and landslides in mountainous northern regions killed at least 15 people and destroyed several homes houses.

Drought/water scarcity
India
Severe drought forced authorities to embark on 40 per cent water rationalization in parts the twin city of Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Dust storms

United Arab Emirate
Dust-laden north-westerly winds and high temperatures kept people indoors. Worst affected were areas in the coastal cities and the western areas in Abu Dhabi.

Wildfires
Canada
Wildfires, fueled by wind and dry conditions in the rugged hills of Okanagan Lake, west of the city of Kelowna, British Columbia, forced thousands of residents in the western Canadian community to flee their homes.

Tornadoes
USA
A tornado demolished ranch houses and mobile homes near the community of Farrall, about 19 km north-east of Sundance, Wyoming.

 

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