High-impact of weather and climate events in November 2006


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, floods, flash floods, mudslides - Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Turkey, USA 

At least 56 people were killed, 50 declared missing and more than 1 000 rendered homeless after a severe flood in north-western Afghanistan. 

The rainy season triggered an outbreak of cholera. More than 1 500 cases were reported in late October and early November.  

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Heavy weather battered the east coast in late October and left more than 7 300 people homeless.  

Severe floods as a result of heavy rains devastated large numbers of livestock, after a long cycle of drought.  

At least 23 people were killed and more than 100 000 evacuated as heavy rains and strong winds lashed Andhra Pradesh state in southern India for three days. 

Some 10 000 people were displaced when a mudflow inundated several villages.  

Floods triggered by heavy rains in the north-east and coastal areas killed 23 people and displaced more than 80 000. 

Devastating floods as a result of torrential rain forced a river to burst its banks in northern Rwanda, killing at least 25 people. 

At least 47 people were drowned and thousands rendered homeless when two rivers burst their banks as a result of heavy rains. At least 68 people were killed and more than 279 000 displaced. 

Flash floods caused by torrential rain killed 21 people in south-east Turkey. 

More than 10 cm of rain fell on New Jersey, flooding streets. 

Drought/water shortage  - Australia
The country experienced its worst drought in 1 000 years. Emergency plans were drawn up to secure long-term water supplies to towns and cities.  

Snowfall - Australia, USA 

Snow and sleet fell for between 10 and 15 minutes in southern Queensland, disrupting traffic flow. 

A storm dropped some 30 cm of snow on parts of Colorado, generating high winds and closing highways.  

Tornado - Japan
At least nine people were killed as the deadliest tornado on record ripped through a northern Japanese town, killing and injuring over 25 people. Several electricity poles were brought down on the northern island of Hokkaido.  

Storms, tropical cyclones, tropical storm - Mexico, Philippines, USA 

Tropical storm Sergio formed in the Pacific Ocean and later became a hurricane. It was an unusual late-season storm; the second to form in the eastern Pacific in a month since 1961. 

Typhoon Chebi with maximum winds of 195 km/h and gusts of up 230 km/h sliced through Aurora and the cente of the main island of Luzon, causing floods, toppling trees and power lines and damaging crops.  

Typhoon Durian, a category 4 typhoon with a wind force of up to 190 km/h and gusts of up to 225 km/h hit the northern Philippines, shutting schools, halting sea travel and forcing hundreds of coastal residents to flee to higher ground.

A storm dropped heavy rain on western Washington state, killing at least one person, prompting warnings of record flooding and rescues operations.

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