High-impact of weather and climate events in November 2009


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.

Argentina, Brazil, El-Salvador, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Somali,  UK Uruguay - Heavy rains, floods, flash floods, landslide, monsoon, storm, lightning

Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
Severe flooding from heavy rains killed 12 people in three South American nations and forced more than 20 000 to flee their homes. Most of the dead were in southern Brazil. 10 000 people were evacuated in Brazil, along with 8 000 in northeastern Argentina and 4 000 in Uruguay.

El Salvador
At least 192 people were killed by floods and landslides that swept through the state of San Vicente.

At least 42 people were killed in a landslide triggered by torrential seasonal rains in the hilly southern region of Ooty and Coonoor  in Tamil Nadu state.

At least 29 people were drowned and 20 others missing a crowded ferry sank in a storm off the island of Sumatra.

Saudi Arabia
At least 106 were killed in the torrential rain that caused heavy flooding in the coastal city of Jiddah.

Flash floods caused by days of torrential rains displaced more than 15 000 people in the southwestern town of El-Waq near the Kenyan border.

Hundreds of people were displaced in parts of Great Britain and Ireland, already hit by the worst flooding in decades.  Streets were inundated, with more than 1 000 homes flooded and several river crossings destroyed. Hundreds of homes were flooded after torrential rain battered parts of northern England, northwest Wales and western Scotland.

Over four million farmers were badly affected as severe drought caused the death of about 50 000 head of cattle due to water scarcity.

Cyclone Phyan
At least four people were killed while 37 fishing boats and 200 fishermen were reported missing when cyclone Phyan struck. The worst hit was the Ratnagiri coast in the Konkan region.

Tropical Storm Ida - Nicaragua, USA

At least 300 people were evacuated when Ida struck the Corn Island uprooting trees and knocking down several power lines.

Rain from Ida further slowed the cotton, soybean and sweet potato harvest in Mississippi, where crop losses were devastating even before the storm hit.

Typhoon Marinae
At least 90 people were killed with 22 others reported missing in flooding in central Vietnam as Tropical Storm Mirinae struck the region.

One person was killed in Louisiana after a line of thunderstorms spawned several tornadoes in neighboring Arkansas.


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