High-impact of weather and climate events in October 2007


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 - Bangladesh, Central America, Congo, Mexico, Spain, Tunisia, USA, Viet Nam

At least 10 people died and 100 others were injured in mudslides triggered by a powerful rainstorm.

Central America
At least 20 people were killed in landslides and flooding caused by days of torrential rain, leading to the evacuation of thousands.

Floods, landslides and falling power lines killed 30 people during a night of heavy rain in Kinshasa.

At least one person was killed and over 500 000 others rendered homeless in the state of Tabasco in the worst flooding in more than 50 years.

Torrential rain on Spain’s eastern Mediterranean coast, triggered flooding on highways and forced people to flee their homes.

A violent storm prompted the evacuation of over a million people.

Flooding caused by torrential rains killed at least eight people with 80 others missing.

A building collapsed in a landslide in the southern California town of La Jolla. In parts of New Orleans, movement and transportation were disrupted by heavy rains and flooding.

Viet Nam
Flash floods killed at least 13 people and injured 31 others in the central region. About 14 000 homes were submerged in Quang Tri, Quang Binh, Quang Nam provinces.

Drought/wildfire - Australia, USA

Crops in hundreds of kilometres died in the eastern part of the country as a result of severe drought.

The worst drought in decades in north Georgia prompted the creation of a large man-made lake for the region. In California, wildfire killed at least seven people with 16 firelighters and 25 others injured. About 1 800 homes were destroyed, rendering homeless over 640 000 people.

Snow/winter storm - USA
Storm dropped as much as one foot of snow in the mountains of Colorado, occasioning some road accidents.

Hurricane Noel - Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti

At least 108 people were killed in Cuba and the Bahamas. Electricity was disrupted and Nassau International Airport was closed for a time.

At least 2 000 homes were damaged by flood waters. In central Cuba, flooding wiped out nearly 2 000 tonnes of corn, potato, banana, cucumber and tomato harvests.

Dominican Republic
Noel triggered flooding and mudslides that killed at least 20 people with 20 others missing.

Noel reportedly killed 31 people and left thousands homeless.

Typhoon Krosa - China
Torrential rains with winds of 126 km/hs pounded south-eastern parts.

Hurricane Lorenzo - Mexico
Three people were killed in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Lorenzo. With winds of 130 km/h, power was cut to over 85 000 homes.

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