High-impact of weather and climate events in October 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.


Heavy rains, floods, flash floods, landslides, mudslides, wind
Algeria, Honduras, India, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, Viet Nam

At least 29 people were killed and 48 others injured in floods triggered by heavy rains in the oasis town of Ghardaia.

Torrential rains and floods killed 24 people and left some 25 000 others homeless in the low-lying northern and southern parts of the country.

Floods and landslides caused by three days of incessant rain killed six people and left thousands homeless in the north-east.

Flash floods from heavy rains in eastern and southern parts killed at least seven people.

Four people were killed and two others injured in lightning that struck a village in the central part of the country.

Heavy rains killed at least seven people in the northern parts and prompted the evacuation of some 11 300 people.

A thunderstorm destroyed several buildings and property worth millions of dollars in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Ricefields and some 12 000 ha of other seasonal crops were destroyed by heavy rain.

At least 17 people were drowned when rivers burst their banks in the south. Thousands lost their homes in high waters in northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

Viet Nam
Flash floods caused by heavy rains in central parts killed at least seven people.

Drought, water scarcity
Australia, Iraq, Kenya

South-western parts and northern Tasmania suffered from the longest and hottest drought on record.

The farm sector was badly hit by drought forcing the authorities to consider 40 per cent wheat importation.

At least four people were killed in clashes over water.

Hurricane Omar
Puerto Rico, Venezuela

Omar, a Category 1 hurricane with 120 km/h winds tore through parts of Puerto Rico and small islands of the north-eastern Caribbean. It disrupted oil-refinery operations in Venezuela.

Hurricane Norbert

Norbert ripped off roof tops and flooded many streets in the mainland, forcing thousands to seek shelter in Baja California.

Tropical Storm Marco

Tropical Storm Marco hit the Mexico’s Gulf coast causing a shutdown of some oil platforms and forcing the evacuation of some 3 000 people.


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