High-impact of weather and climate events in May 2009

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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 rains, floods, flash floods, landslides, mudslides, lightning, thunderstorm, high windsAfghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Haiti, India, Nepal, Philippines, USA

Afghanistan
At least 94 people were killed with thousands of families rendered homeless by landslides.

Australia
Flood and gale-force winds killed at least one person causing the evacuation of thousands of others along the east coast and New South Wales.

Brazil
Severe flooding triggered by torrential rains killed 45 people across the northern parts and forced some 378 000 others to abandon their homes.

Haiti
Floods triggered by heavy rains killed at least 11 people.

India
Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rains killed 20 people in the eastern Bicol region and the southern fringe of Luzon Island.

Nepal
At least 15 people were killed and more than 170 others injured by a storm.

Philippines
Landslides triggered by several days of heavy rains killed 10 people with 20 others reported missing in the southern parts.

Tajikistan
At least 18 people were killed by mudslides.

USA
More than 100 homes and businesses were damaged in the south by lightning and strong winds. Storm debris blocked roads and damaged houses in Mississippi and Alabama.

Drought

Somalia
The worst drought in a decade further pushed growing numbers of children into near-famine.

Heat wave, wildfire - India, USA

India
Parts of the country continued to experience of a severe heatwave with temperatures of 45.6 Celsius and 47.1°C recorded in places.

USA
Wildfires in California forced the evacuation of 1 200 homes.

Snow, avalanche

Austria
At least six people were killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps.

Cyclone Aila

Bangladesh
Aila slammed parts of the country and triggered tidal surges and floods that forced some half a million people from their homes.

 

 

 
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