High-impact of weather and climate events in March 2007

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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.

Floods, flash floods, heavy rain, lightning, mudslides, landslides - Austria, Canada, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, USA, Yemen, Zambia

Austria
A  winter storm disrupted the flow of electricity to 40 000 households.

Canada
Mudslides and floods obstructed a main railway line.

Fiji
Five people were drowned in flash flooding triggered by torrential rain.

India
Some 28 people were killed and 25 others severely burnt in lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh.

Indonesia
At least 40 people were killed in landslides triggered by heavy rains.

Madagascar
At least 69 people were killed and thousands rendered homeless in a cyclone that swept through the north of the island.

Mozambique
At least 16 people were buried in mudslides caused by torrential rains.

Pakistan
Landslides triggered by heavy rains buried homes, leaving 31 people dead.

Republic of Yemen
At least 12 people were killed and dozens of homes destroyed in heavy rain storms in Yemen.

USA
Flooding caused by torrential rainstorms killed two people and destroyed property.

Zambia
Thousands of homes and white maize, the major food crops to over 1.4 million people were destroyed by floods.

Cyclone, thunderstorm, storm, tornadoes - Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Islamic Republic of Iran, United Arab Emirates

Australia
Cyclone Jacob brought heavy rain and wind gusts up to 100 km/h cross Western Australia.

Bahrain
A sudden duststorm, with wind speeds reaching 53 knots injured several people and damaged many homes.

Bangladesh
Storm with winds of up to 80 km/h killed at least 10 people, injured 100 others and damaged nearly 300 houses.

Islamic Republic of Iran
A sand storm killed three people in a desert city.

United Arab Emirates
Wind carrying sand and dust forced people to remain indoors for several days.

Tornado - USA
A massive spring storm spawned tornados from the Rocky Mountains to the central Plains, killing at least four people.

Snow, avalanche - Afghanistan, Jordan, Papua New Guinea, United Kingdom

Afghanistan
At least 17 people were killed in avalanches and floods triggered by heavy rain.

Jordan
Snow forced several schools to close.

Papua New Guinea
Four people were killed in an avalanche of ash and mud.

United Kingdom
Heavy snow across obstructed transportation.

Drought, sandstorm - Australia, China, India, USA

Australia
Australia declared the first-ever official drought emergency in the state of Victoria.

China
Prolonged drought increased the threat to drinking water supplies affecting 13.4 million people and 12 million heads of cattle.

India
Acute water shortage forced authorities in the Andaman Islands to tap dozens of disused wells.

USA
Los Angeles experienced its longest dry season in 130 years.

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