High-impact of weather and climate events in October 2005


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.

Tropical cyclones - China, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, USA

Hurricane Alpha
Dominican Republic, Haiti

At least 26 people were killed in Haiti and the Dominican Republic from flooding.

Hurricane Otis

Scores of people were evacuated from low-lying neighborhoods in Baja California.

Hurricane Stan
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico

Hurricane Stan hit Central America with heavy rains causing lethal mudslides and floods. Rivers broke their banks. Thousands were forced to flee their homes.

El Salvador
31 people deaths reported.

Four deaths reported.

Four deaths reported.

At least 58 people died.

Tropical storm Tammy

Heavy rain and wind brought down trees and power lines in south-east Georgia.

Tropical storm Vince
Iberia, Spain and Portugal
Vince was the first tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in Iberia. It brought heavy rain and winds to southern Spain and Portugal.

Hurricane Wilma
Cuba, Mexico, USA

Huge waves flooded the capital, Havana, prompting the evacuation of more than 220 000 people. 

At least 10 people were killed as Wilma crossed the Yucatan peninsula. Tens of thousands of tourists fled the resorts. 

Wilma cut across Florida killing three people and leaving more than three million homes without power. 

Typhoon Longwang

Heavy winds and rains killed one and caused the evacuation of over 376,000 people in Fujian province.  

Floods, heavy rain, landslides, mudslides  - Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Great Britain, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Pakistan, Viet Nam 

Flash floods caused by monsoon rains in the north-west killed at least eight people and forced thousands of people to take refuge in temporary shelters. 

Dominican Republic
A rain-swollen river flooded a city in the northern Dominican Republic, washing away houses and killing six people. 

Great Britain
Torrential rain triggered flooding that affected hundreds of homes, forcing the closure of many roads. Among the worst-hit areas were south-west Scotland, west Wales and Cumbria. 

Over 1 400 people were buried in a huge mudslide as a result of heavy rain occasioned by Tropical Storm Stan.

Heavy rain and storms flooded roads in southern India, bringing down power and phone lines and a death toll of well over 100.

At least 20 people were killed, 250 injured and some 3 000 made homeless when landslides struck two villages in Aceh.

At least six people were killed in a torrential rain in southern Italy: a bridge was demolished, cars swept awat and a train derailed.

Torrential rain and hail halted shipments of aid to the survivors of the 8 October earthquake, many of whom were without food or shelter.

Viet Nam
Floods triggered by torrential rains killed at least 81 people in the central provinces and the southern Mekong delta.    

Drought - Australia, Brazil, Somalia

Drought ravaged south-east Australia for seven months (March-September) as a result of severe rainfall deficiencies.

The worst drought in more than 40 years struck the world’s largest rainforest, plaguing the Amazon basin with wildfires, sickening river dwellers with tainted drinking water causing millions of fishes to die as streams dried up.

Severe drought in western and southern Somalia killed scores of people and hundreds of heads of livestock.

Snow - USA
A powerful storm dropped some 508 mm of snow in parts of Colorado and triggered rock slides that disrupted the supply of power to thousands of people. At least 10 lives were lost.

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