High-impact of weather and climate events in June 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 rain, floods, flash floods, heat wave, landslides, lightning, tropical storms, tornadoes
Belize, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Philippines, Sri Lanka, USA

Belize
At least seven people were killed and several houses destroyed by a flash flood in Stann Creek Valley.

Canada
One person was killed by lightning in North Battleford.

China
Floods, landslides and hail in the south-western province of Yunnan killed 35 people and badly affected about 1.9 million others with losses estimated at US$ 83.70 million. Tens of thousands of Sichuan earthquake victims were evacuated. The heaviest rainstorms in 50 years also drenched parts of Guangdong province and killed at least 1 student.

Germany
Heavy rains and flash floods in south-western Germany killed three people and injured more than 10 others.

India
Flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain in eastern India killed seven more people and displaced more than two million.

Mexico
Floods in central and southern parts killed five people and caused the evacuation of more than 7 000 others.

Philippines
Parts of Davao city were flooded as a result of heavy rains that disrupted the public transport system.

Sri Lanka
Heavy monsoon rains killed seven people and forced 73 000 others from their homes.

USA
At least one person was killed in a strong wing in Alabama, while flooding rendered several bridges and kilometres of roads impassable in Iowa.

Drought, dust- and sandstorm, heat wave
Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates, USA

Ethiopia
Severe drought caused food shortages and death of livestock.

United Arab Emirates
Fine dust from Iraq and the eastern Saudi Arabian deserts reduced visibility and created problems for people with breathing difficulties.

USA
Blowing sand and blistering heat badly damaged the cotton crop in Texas.

Heat wave

USA
A heat wave in southern California took temperatures to record levels of more than 38°C.
In Woodland Hills a record of 41.7°C over beating the previous record of 41.1°C set in 1989.

Tropical storms
Mexico, Philippines

Mexico
The first tropical storm of the year in the Atlantic, Arthur dropped torrential rain across the south of the country.

Philippines
Fengshen killed 155 people in the Philippines in a torrent of flashfloods and landslides.

Tornadoes

USA
At least 20 people were injured when a tornado struck a ut ranch in Iowa. In Kansas, two people were also killed with severe damage to houses and businesses.

 

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