High-impact of weather and climate events in October 2010


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, cyclones, typhoon, mudslides - Australia, Bangladesh, China, Haiti, Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Thailand, Viet Nam


Torrential rain and flash flooding in south-eastern Queensland left cars stranded and knocked out power to thousands across coastal areas.

Over hundred people and 21 boats were reported missing from the north-eastern reaches of the Bay of Bengal after Cyclone Giri hit Myanmar and Bangladesh.

China, Japan, Philippines
Typhoon Megi led to 19 tourists reported missing, as well as a mudslide that buried nine other people in a temple in Taiwan. In Japan, two people were killed and in the Philippines at least ten people were killed.

At least 2.7 million people in 16 cities were badly affected by flooding, triggered by the heaviest rains in decades. Over 90 per cent of the island in the Southern Sea was inundated, forcing the evacuation of over 440 000 people in Hainan.

Twelve people were killed in floods and landslides in the Haitian capital.

Flash floods and mudslides killed 29 people in the remote parts of the country, with dozens declared missing.

Over 680 residents of Ajegunle in Ikorodu were evacuated, while over 2 000 residents in Oyo State,were rendered homeless as a result of flooding that destroyed property worth millions of dollars.

Russian Federation

Flooding in the southern region of Krasnodar killed 11 people, with three reported missing.

The worst floods in decades in the rural north-east killed at least seven people and damaged homes, businesses and farmland.

Viet Nam

Floods triggered by heavy rains killed and displaced thousands of villagers in the central part. Hardest-hit was Quang Binh province, where 44 people died and 16 were declared missing.

Drought - Brazil

Severe drought in decades afflicted the Amazon, forcing government to announce US$ 13.5 million in aid for regions.

Tornadoes - USA

Four tornadoes destroyed homes and highways in Arizona.

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