High-impact of weather and climate events in March 2009


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, landslides, mudslides, lightning, thunderstorm
Angola, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates

Floods caused by heavy rain killed at least three people and displaced over 3 800 families in southern and western parts.

A tropical storm with heavy rain disrupted iron ore mining activities in the key Pilbara region.

At least 77 people were killed when a dam burst, submerging homes in a suburb of the capital.

Papua New Guinea
At least seven people were killed in a landslide triggered by torrential rains in the eastern highlands.

At least one person was killed and some 50 houses destroyed in a storm caused by heavy rains in Ibadan.

United Arab Emirates
At least 12 people were killed in violent storms that flooded roads and industrial areas in Sharjah.

Snow, blizzards, winter storm - United Kingdom, USA

United Kingdom
Heavy snow of up to 25 cm hit Scotland and forced the closure of several roads.

Heavy snow driven by wind gusts of nearly 65 km/h brought parts of the Midwest to a halt and caused the closure of courts, schools, businesses and two major highways in the north. Dakota and western Minnesota residents were advised to stay home. Strong winds forced snowploughs off roads.

Dust storm
A dust storm with 60 km/h winds disrupted air traffic, halted oil drilling activities and forced the closure of three ports.

The drought situation in California forced the authorities to embark on municipal water rationing and sharp cutbacks in irrigation supplies to farmers.

Cases of sunstroke were reported in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Adilabad, Mahabubnagar, Nizamabad as temperatures rose five degrees above normal.

At least three tornadoes destroyed several homes in parts of the Midwest. In Indiana and Illinois dozens of homes were damaged and power supply to thousands of businesses disrupted.

Tropical Cyclone Hamish
Over 3 000 tourists and residents were evacuated from Fraser Island and Island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef.


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