High-impact of weather and climate events in May 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.

Heavy rain, flash flood, landslide, lightning Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Haiti, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA

Afghanistan
Floods killed at least 12 people in Samangan province.

Bangladesh
At least one person was killed and several hundreds of homes damaged in a tidal surge triggered by a storm in the Bay of Bengal.

Bulgaria
Two people were killed in heavy rains and strong winds that also damaged houses and roads.

Cameroon
Five children were killed by a lightning bolt in the outskirts of Ngaoundere, Adamawa province.

China
Landslides caused by heavy rains in the south-western province of Sichuan killed seven people with four others reported missing.

Haiti
Three people were killed in floods and mudslides triggered by torrential rains.

Indonesia, Maldives
Massive waves damaged hundreds of homes and infrastructure and displaced thousands of people along coastlines.

Myanmar
Eight people were killed and more than 900 houses destroyed by a storm in the Bay of Bengal that swept through the coastal districts.

Spain
Several train lines in Madrid were disrupted after heavy rains.

Sri Lanka
Two people were killed after heavy rains and flash floods.

Turkey
Six people were killed in severe flooding in the mountainous Agri province.

United Kingdom
Thousands of youngsters were evacuated from moorland in southwest England amid flood fears as rains swelled-up rivers.

USA
Heavy rain and flash floods left at least four people dead in central Texas,

Sandstorm - Mali
The power supply in many village homes was disrupted and roofs were blown off.

Drought - China, France, Ukraine

China
Over 1 million people in China’s western province of Gansu suffered from acute water shortage as a result of the worst drought in 60 years.

France
Water rationing was imposed in seven out of its 96 mainland departments, amid fears of a summer drought.

Ukraine
Severe drought across the country killed about 400000 hectares of crops.

Heat wave - India
Northern India experienced searing heat with temperatures some six degrees above normal.

Australia
The worst drought in a generation. Eastern Australia had its warmest autumn on record after record high temperatures in May

Heavy storm, tornado - Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, USA

Chad
At least 14 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in a ferocious tornado which devastated the town of Bebedjia.

Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 17 people drowned in a river as a result of heavy storm.

USA
Eight people were killed and several dozens injured in tornadoes that ripped through Greensburg in Kansas.

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