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RAPID RESPONSE PROJECT: February 1999 - Last Updated February 26th, 1999

UPDATE OF REPORTED CLIMATE-WEATHER IMPACTS

(Courtesy of NOAA Office of Global Programs)




*The information provided in the RRP updates is gathered from a variety of

wire and news sources as well as country and international agency reports.  It

does not necessarily reflect the focus or interest of NOAA's Office of Global

Programs and is meant only as source of condensed information.



** All products of the RRP are archived at:  http://www.ogp.noaa.gov/rrp



RAPID RESPONSE PROJECT:

The summaries are broken down into weekly reports.


Impacts Reported     02/06/99 - 02/08/99


PHILIPPINES (flooding)
Heavy rains since last Thursday the fourth have caused flooding in the
southern Philippines.  11 people have died, 4 were injured, 4 are missing.
Other reports put the deaths at 15 with 100,000 families displaced in the
four provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte,
Surigao del Sur.  In total ~300 farming villages were affected.  19,000
people were evacuated.  Total damage to date is estimated at $3.2 million
USD.  Defense Secretary Mercado blamed illegal logging practices for a
portion of the flooding.


RUSSIA (snow storm)
Roughly 3,000 Russian fisherman were trapped in Sakhalin by a snowstorm.
Over 800 cars were buried on a major highway.  It took the GOR the weekend to
free the fisherman.  No causalities were reported.

THAILAND (drought)
GOT Civil Defense Division of the Ministry of the Interior has reported that
6 million people in 44 provinces have been affected by drought.  Thailand is
currently considering alternative measures to obtain water, including digging
artesian wells in each of the country's 64,000 villages.



Impacts Reported     02/08/99 - 02/12/99


AUSTRALIA (cyclone Rona)
Rona struck northern Australia on Thursday (Feb. 11).  2,000 people were
evacuated from Queensland prior to its making landfall.  Although no casualties
were reported, most of Queensland's sugarcane crop was believed destroyed.
Flooding is expected to continue for several days.


BULGARIA (snow storms)
160 villages were left without electricity following heavy snow fall.


CHILE (forest fire)
Large fires currently burning around Concepcion.
Images available and archived at:http://www.osei.noaa.gov/updaterecent.html


CHINA (summer flood, rebuilding)
The UN launched an appeal of $46 million USD to help rebuild schools and
agriculture.  45,000 schools were destroyed in the summer floods.  The number
of students affected is estimated at 8.5 million.  Total relief efforts have cost at
least $2.7 billion USD.


EUROPE (snow storms)
Snow storms throughout Europe have killed at least 12 people while temporarily
stranding thousands.


HUNGARY (snow storms)
200 villages have been isolated by heavy snow fall.  The Hungarian army was
used to deliver supplies to these areas.


HURRICANE MITCH (damage to Chiquita)
As a result of hurricane Mitch, Chiquita experienced widespread damage during
the fourth quarter.  Total dollar losses for the company have been estimated at
$73 million USD for asset write-offs.  Less tangible investments, such as development
of the orchards and farms, were also severely affected.  Nearly
17,000 acres of banana farm in Honduras were completely destroyed.


INDONESIA (flooding)
Agriculture Minister Soleh Salahudin told Reuters he believed the recent flooding
has not or would not have a significant impact upon rice production in Indonesia.
The GOI is still predicting a harvest of 52 million tonnes in 1999 -- up from the 47
tonnes produced in 1998.  He went further to state that if flooding were to have an
impact, the harvest is still expected to be at least 50 million tonnes.  The current
rains may, however, cause significant damage to the coffee crop.  Rains have
prevented its harvest.  If they persist the beans will likely rot.  Cocoa output in 1999
is expected to rise 10% from production in 1998. Crude palm oil is also expected to
rise to 6.3 million tonnes in 1999 from 5.76 million in 1998.

PHILIPPINES (flooding)
Heavy rains since Thursday (Feb. 4) have caused flooding in the southern Philippines.
11 people have died, 4 were injured, 4 are missing.  Other reports put the deaths at 15
with 100,000 families displaced in the four provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del
Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur.  In total ~300 farming villages were affected.
19,000 people were evacuated.  Total damage to date is estimated at $3.2 million USD.
Defense Secretary Mercado blamed illegal logging practices for a portion of the flooding.

RUSSIA (snow storm)
Roughly 3,000 Russian fisherman were trapped in Sakhalin by a snowstorm. Over 800
cars were buried on a major highway.  It took the GOR the weekend of Feb. 6-7 to free
the fisherman.  No causalities were reported.

THAILAND (drought)
GOT Civil Defense Division of the Ministry of the Interior has reported that 6 million
people in 44 provinces have been affected by drought.  Thailand is currently considering
alternative measures to obtain water, including digging artesian wells in each of the
country's 64,000 villages.


Impacts Reported     02/15/99 - 02/19/99



EUROPE (blizzards)
Snow storms and blizzards continue throughout central Europe leaving
many villages and settlements isolated. Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech
Republic have called in their armies to clear roads and evacuate the stranded.

FIRE (Argentina, Chile)
Forest and brush fires are burning in Argentina and Chile. Images
available at http://www.osei.noaa.gov/updaterecent.html


THAILAND (flooding)
The Nakorn Srithammarat, Surat Thani, and Songkhla provinces of southern
Thailand were affected by a series of flash floods.  20,000 people were
evacuated from flood prone areas. 3 fatalities have been reported. It is
estimated that 96,000 hectares of farmland has been damaged.

UKRAINE (flood threat)
The Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Mykolaiv, and Zakarpattia regions are again threatened
by floods following snow build up and recent storms. Two months earlier flooding
in these same regions resulted in 17 fatalities, 2000 houses destroyed, and 100
settlements/villages affected.


Impacts Reported     02/22/1999 - 02/26/1999


EUROPE (avalanches)
Snow avalanches have taken 36 lives throughout the Alpines.
It is feared that the above normal snow cover throughout Europe
may lead to spring flooding.

GERMANY (flooding)
Flooding along the Rhine, resulting from heavy rains and melting
snow, has closed a large sections of the river and connecting rivers
to shipping traffic.


INDONESIA (rainfall)
Heavy rainfall over Sumatra is expected to delay the coffee harvest
until April.  It is unclear how this will affect the overall
production -- originally expected to be up 40,000 tonnes from last
year.

MOZAMBIQUE (floods and harvest)
Although floods have affected regions of the country since January
Gaza, Sofala, Zambezia), it is believed this upcoming harvest will
exceed the 1.7 million mt grain target.  In 1997 100,000 hectares
of crop was destroyed. This year only 44,000 hectares were destroyed
by the floods.

PHILIPPINES (flooding)
At least eight people have died in parts of the country -- particularly
Lanao del Norte -- as flash floods followed heavy rains.

UNITED STATES (Nor'easter)
A Nor'easter affecting New England cut power to thousands of residents
in Cape Cod and Nantucket.  35,000 people were stranded at Logan
International in Boston as heavy snow downed planes and cancelled
flights.



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