High-impact of weather and climate events in May 2010


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.


Storms, floods
China, India, Kenya, India, Nigeria, Poland, USA

Floods caused by heavy storms killed at least 115 people with 685,000 others evacuated and over 21 reported missing.

Heavy snow and rains killed two people in Jammu and Kashmir, while a hailstorm and summer rain damaged 500 acres of cardamom cultivation in 500 acres 19 houses in Elamala.

Two people were killed following landslides triggered by heavy rains in Kihara village in the Mukurwe-ini District.

A storm with heavy rain killed four people in Ibadan and its metropolis while floods disrupted business activities in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.

At least 15 people were killed as a result of floods triggered by rain that forced Vistula, the country's largest river, to a record level. Several countries in Europe were affected as days of torrential rain swept through, killing at least six people and leading to the evacuation of thousands in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia to safer areas.

Severe floods in Tennessee caused an estimate damage of at least US$1 billion. A violent thunderstorm triggered tornados and flash floods over the southern parts of the US, killing at least 22 people.

Tropical Storm Agatha
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

In Guatemala, at least 92 people were killed, forcing the evacuation of over 100,000 people from their homes. In El Salvador nine people were reported killed and 12 in the Honduras.

Heat wave

Temperatures hit all time maximum since records began in the late 1800s, reaching 45 to 48 degrees Celsius, and killing over 100 people in the state of Gujarat and northern parts of Jaipur. At least 90 died in Maharashtra, 35 in Rajasthan and 34 in Bihar.

China, Germany

A tornado and strong winds in southwestern China killed 25 people and injured more than 150 others.

At least one person was killed as a rare tornado ripped through eastern part while three others in the village of Grossenhain were injured.



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