High-impact of weather and climate events in November 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 rains, floods, flash floods, lightning, landslides, mudslides and monsoon

Algeria, China, Greece, Indonesia, Malawi, Mexico, Netherlands, Papua Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Uganda, Viet Nam

Algeria
Floods killed three people and swept away houses and vehicles in the coastal town of Dellys.

China
At 31 people died in a bus crushed by a landslide near the country’s three Gorges Dam.

Greece
Heavy rain caused floods in north-eastern parts of the country near the border with Turkey, forcing residents of several villages to evacuate their homes.

Indonesia
At least 2 200 houses were inundated and thousands of people forced to flee their homes in Jakarta.

Malawi
Three days of heavy rains caused flash flooding that displaced more than 2 000 people.

Mexico
At least 16 people died in a mudslide that buried a village after torrential rains. Some 20 000 people were forced to seek shelter shelter in Tabasco.

Netherlands
The worst flood threat in decades caused by North Sea resulted in the evacuation of many people from their homes.

Papua New Guinea
Floods killed more than 70 people with 50 missing after a week of heavy rains.

Philippines
Landslides caused by a tropical storm killed nine people in the central and southern parts of the country.

South Africa
Severe floods along southern coast killed two people and caused millions of dollars of damage.

Uganda
Flash floods killed at least three people in Kampala and washed away scores of houses, shops and vehicles.

Viet Nam
At least 46 people were killed by floods in the central region.


Drought and water scarcity
Australia, Cyprus, Pakistan

Australia
The country was severely hit by drought to the point of government making water a tradable commodity. The year was almost without rain.

Cyprus
The country was hit by the worst drought in 100 years.

Pakistan
Rabi and Kharif crops were badly affected by lack of rain.

USA
The worst drought in decades in the south-east.

 

Ice/ snow/fog
Saudi Arabia, USA

Saudi Arabia
At least 14 people died as some 80 vehicles piled up on the busy Dhahran-Abqaiq highway due to poor visibility caused by heavy fog.

 

Severe storms

Sea storm
Russian Federation, Ukraine

Five-metre high waves caused a Russian tanker to spill 1 300 tonnes of oil into the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Another cargo ship carrying 2 000 tonnes of sulphur sank and its nine crew members were stranded in waters between Russia and Ukraine.

Typhoon Mitag
Phillipines
At least 19 people were killed with about 552 000 others affected in 1282 villages in Luzon.


Cyclone Sidr

Bangladesh
The deadliest cyclone in 16 years killed at least 3 500 people, displacing some 2 million and left thousands missing or injured.

Tornadoes
USA
High winds, from a tornado, damaged buildings and injured three children near Chattanooga, Tennessee.

 

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