High-impact of weather and climate events in May 2008


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, storm

Bangladesh, China, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, USA, Zambia,

A crowded ferry sank during a tropical storm in northern Bangladesh, killing at least 42 people and leaving more than 40 missing.

Flooding triggered by torrential rains killed 28 people in southern Guizhou province.

At least four people were killed and some 5 000 others forced out of their homes during heavy rain and flooding in central and southern Chile.

Floods caused by weeks of heavy rains claimed 11 lives and forced over 100 000 people to abandon their homes in 11 provinces.

El Salvador
Flash floods killed two people in the eastern Usulatan province of the country.

At least 28 buildings were submerged by flooding in Awka, Anambra State, following torrential rainfall.

Republic of Korea
At least nine people were killed and 14 others injured in a sudden large wave that crashed over a breakwater.

United Arab Emirates
Heavy rain with gusty winds and thunder in Al Ruwais and some other areas in the western region of Abu Dhabi disrupted traffic and commerce.

Record-setting rains flooded dozens of homes and closed roads in northwestern Louisiana.

Severe floods in the Southern Province cut off access roads to the railway line.


Heat wave

Bosnia, United Arab Emirates

Temperatures hit a 100-year record, reaching over 35 degrees Celsius in the central parts of the country and 38 degrees in the south.

United Arab Emirates
Temperatures passed 44 degrees Celsius in Abu Dhabi and 45 degrees Celsius in Jebel.



Australia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Spain

Drought continued to devastate farmlands.

Famine caused by severe drought claimed more than 1 million lives.

Drought generated a food crisis affecting millions.

Barcelona had the worst drought since records began, fountains, ornamental lakes and private swimming pools were drained and hosepipes banned.

High wind, dusty haze, gale force wind

Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, India, USA

A severe duststorm resulted in a thick dust haze that created a visibility problem at the international airport.

Brunei Darussalam
Gale-force winds damage houses.

More than 50 people were killed in the worst duststorm in India in 10 years.

High winds hit parts of north-eastern Minnesota, bringing down power lines, cutting power to at least 7 000 homes.



Tornadoes destroyed several homes in north-western Ohio. In Georgia, the worth of damage was estimated at US$ 100 million. In north-east Iowa, a tornado levelled half a town. In Minnesota at least nine people were killed. In Arkansas, seven were killed with over 400 homes destroyed. Fourteen people died in Missouri, six in Oklahoma, one in North Carolina. In south-central Tennessee, homes and other buildings were damaged.

Tropical storm Halong

At least 12 people were killed in the northern part as tropical storm Halong lashed the provinces of Pangasinan and La Union in Luzon Island.

Cyclone Nargis

The cyclone killed at least 22 500 people with 41 000 others missing.


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