High-impact of weather and climate events in November 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.

Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Panama, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, USA

At least one person was killed and many others were forcefully evacuated as torrential rain drenched Brisbane.

At least 20 people were killed and thousands forced from their homes following floods in Santa Catarina which destroyed homes and blocked roads.

Mudslides caused by heavy rain in the south-west killed at least 22, with 45 others reported missing.

One person was killed and 15 others reported missing in a mudslide that destroyed parts of Medellin.

At least 17 people were killed with 100 000 others displaced as the Wabe Shebelle River burst its banks after ten days of heavy rain.

Landslide and floods in West Java province killed three people and 13 others reported missing.

At least 12 people were killed with over 300 000 others displaced in two landslides.

At least eight people were killed, six reported missing and more than 14 000 affected by heavy rains.

A mudslide triggered by rains buried part of a mining village.

Flooding caused by heavy rains ravaged several districts. People had to run for their lives as landslide swept down a mountanside.

Viet Nam
Floods triggered by torrential rains in northern and central parts killed about 49 people.

Seven people had to be rescued from their vehicles when a two-day storm washed out a culvert and a stretch of road in Oregon.

Snow, winter storms
Sweden, United Kingdom, USA

In the first winter snowfall, road traffic was blocked, power was cut and flights cancelled, disrupting businesses.

United Kingdom
Arctic weather left large swathes of eastern Britain blanketed in snow and roads covered in ice.

A winter storm left over 25 cm of snow in eastern Colorado and north-western Pennsylvania, disrupting movement and causing the closure of schools.

Cyclone Larry
Larry ripped Queensland, killing one person, rendering more than 230 000 people homeless and businesses without power.

Cyclone Khai-Muk

Cyclone Khai Muk damaged at least 50 000 hectares of paddy.

Cyclone Paloma
The 16th tropical storm of the 2008 Atlantic season damaged several homes, power lines and other infrastructure.


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