High-impact of weather and climate events in September 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, monsoon - Egypt, Georgia, Haiti, India, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

At least 11 people were killed, 19 others injured and many buildings destroyed when a massive rockslide hit a crowded town in eastern Cairo.

At least six people were killed in a landslide caused by days of heavy rain.

Nine people died as Hurricane Ike receded. Four tropical storms destroyed most of Haiti’s food crops and damaged irrigation systems and pumping stations.

Floods in India’s northern and eastern states killed at least 129 people and displaced more than 10 million others.

At least one person was killed when heavy rain brought flooding to hundreds of homes and prompted the evacuation of at least half a million people.

At least five people were killed when two rivers overflowed in the coastal states of Veracruz and Tabasco, causing floods that damaged thousands of homes and bridges.

Floods and landslides in western Nepal killed at least 38 people and 90 others were declared missing.

At least 11 people died and 14 others were missing after landslides triggered by heavy rains buried several houses in the south.

Heavy monsoon rains trigged flooding which killed 14 people and displaced some 800 000 others in 30 of 76 provinces.

United Kingdom
At least eight people were killed in floods triggered by heavy rains across Britain leading to the evacuation of hundreds of families and the devastation of property.

Viet Nam
Flash floods and landslides killed 50 people, swept away thousands of homes; farmland was inundated.

Drought - Australia
Drought in the country’s main food growing region of the Murray-Darling river system got worsened, with water inflows at an all-time low level.

Heavy snow, hailstorm, fog - South Africa, USA

South Africa
The country experienced its coldest night on record in the spring time. Unexpected snowfall and freezing temperatures was experienced in the KwaZulu-Natal region.

Dense, early morning fog triggered several road accidents in Kentucky.

Severe storms, Hurricane Gustav - Cuba, USA

Hurricane Gustav damaged or destroyed over 90 000 houses in the western province of Pinar del Rio with winds of 240 km/h.

At least 2 million people fled the Louisiana coast as Gustav approached. More than 11.5 million residents in five US states felt the impacts of the storm.

Tropical storm Hanna - USA, Haiti

Hanna made landfall at the border of North and South Carolina and triggered heavy rain and flooding throughout eastern and central North Carolina.

At least 61 people died as Hanna destroyed hundreds of homes.

Tropical storm Ike - Cuba Haiti, USA

Cuba, Turks and Caicos Islands
Ike made landfall on the north and eastern parts of the coast as a Category 3 storm and hit Turks and Caicos Islands, leaving a trail of devastation.

Rains and flooding from Ike killed at least 73 people.

Ike struck the Texas and Louisiana coasts with ferocious winds and a wall of water that flooded hundreds of kilometres and disrupted electricity flow to millions of people.

Hurricane Kyle - Canada
Kyle disrupted electricity flow in parts of Atlantic Canada as high winds toppled power lines.

Typhoons Jangmi and Sinlaku - Southern China
Jangmi, with torrential rains and winds of up to 209 km/h, forced the cancellation of more than 150 flights and disrupted businesses and workflow. At least 11 people were killed and 11 others declared missing as heavy rains from Sinlaku triggered landslides.

Typhoon Hagupit China, Philippines

Hagupit triggered torrential rain that killed 17 people with six others missing in the southern parts and forced the evacuation of over 678 000 people.

Hagupit killed three people in the northern and trapped 13 others in a gold mine.

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