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Selected Global Extreme Information

Climate Information Project (CIP): January 2000-Last Updated February 5th, 2000


(Courtesy of NOAA Office of Global Programs)

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Impacts Reported for the month as of 01/01/00 - 01/07/00

BRAZIL (flood) The AP reported that flooding and landslides associated with heavy rainfall since January 1 over southwestern Brazil has killed 13 people and displaced some 6,000 people in Rio de Janeiro state; killed 11 and displaced 30,000 in Minas Gerais state; and killed 4 while displacing 3,000 in San Pablo state. The Dutra highway was also reportedly blocked by several mudslides.

FRANCE (storm) Following the storms that struck France last week with gale force winds, some 312,000 people are still without electricity.

UNITED STATES (tornado) A tornado struck Owensboro and other parts of western Kentucky leaving an estimated 50 homes destroyed and some 5,000 households with power.

VENEZUELA (flood)-update Media sources and humanitarian agencies are reporting that the number of people killed by floods that occurred Dec. 15 -17 is estimated between 20,000 and 50,000. Between 400,000 and 600,000 are believed homeless. The IFRC reported that the Venezuelan Civil Defense's initial damage assessments includes at least 64,707 houses affected and over 23,200 destroyed.

Impacts Reported for the month as of 01/08/00 - 01/21/00

ANGOLA (flood) The IRIN and media sources reported that flooding along the Coporola river in the coastal province of Benguela has made some 5,000 - 8,000 people homeless while resulting in 11 to 14 deaths. Heavy weekend rainfall reportedly caused the floods. The flooding also affected 6,000 hectares and destroyed as much as 22,000 mt of corn. The IRIN reported that damage was estimated at 8 to 10 million USD.

CHINA (snowstorm) OCHA and media sources reported that various snow storms, since October 1999 and on into the new year, have caused damage to the following provinces: Qinghai: 50,000 people affected, 1,000,000 livestock from 58 villages of 16 townships in the counties of Zhiduo, Qumalai, Chenduo, and Angqian affected; Inner Mongolia: 300,000 herdsman in 24 counties affected, 15,000 livestock killed, $3.6 million in damages; Xingjiang: 100,000 livestock killed, infrastructure damage, $36.3 million in damages.

EGYPT (wind) The Suez Canal and five ports in the Mediterranean were closed after strong winds resulted in high waves.

IRAN (wind) Strong winds over northern Iran reportedly resulted in three deaths and some 1,000 homes destroyed.

KENYA (drought) OCHA reported that serious drought has affected the following 18 districts: Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Mandera, Mbeere, Moyale, Mwingi, Samburu, Tana River, Tharaka, Turkana, Wajir, West Pokot. Some 1.8 million people are reportedly affected. In addition another 11 districts are reportedly affected by drought to some degree.

SOUTH AFRICA (flood) The AP noted that several days of rainfall caused flooding in the eastern, northern, and southern regions of the country. In Northern Province, one death and one injury were reported.

Impacts Reported for the month as of 01/24/00 - 01/28/00

ANGOLA (flood) OCHA reported that media sources noted that rains caused flash flooding in the Benguela and Kwanza Norte provinces. No estimates on damage or persons affected was made available.

CHINA (snowstorm) The Xinhua reported that freezing temperatures have affected relief operations in provinces affected by earthquakes earlier this year. -- in particular the Mile and Qiubei counties of Yunnan province.

MOZAMBIQUE (flood) OCHA reported that rains have caused flooding in southern Mozambique along the Incomati, Umbeluzi, and Limpopo rivers. The holding capacity of the Pequenos Libombos dam has reportedly been exceeded. Rising waters reportedly cut roads in Maputo.

ROMANIA and BULGARIA (cold, snow) Snow and cold temperatures have resulted in 14 deaths in isolated villages throughout Romania. Neighboring Bulgaria has also reportedly been affected by snow storms and freezing temperatures. A state of emergency was apparently declared in Bulgaria for Sofia and areas northeast of the city.

SOMALIA (drought) The AFP reported that according to regional "governor" Aden Mohamed Nur Saransor, drought affecting the southern Bakol region has resulted in 21 deaths. According to Saransor the worst affected areas are Tiyaglow and Hudur districts.

UNITED STATES (snowstorm) A snowstorm affecting the east coast shut down airports, closed the federal government, and left hundreds of thousands temporarily without power. Record snowfalls were reported in several areas, but the hard hit Carolinas reported 18.2 inches of snowfall at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Prior to this event the record snowfall in Raleigh-Durham was 17.8 inches which fell in March of 1927. Several deaths due to cold and traffic accidents were reported through out the east.

Impacts Reported for the month as of 01/29/00 - 01/31/00

MIDDLE EAST (snow storm) A snowstorm affecting the Middle East has resulted in a total of nine fatalities from several countries including Israel, Iran, and Jordan. Many roads have reportedly been blocked or made impassible by the snow.

SERBIA (cold, snow) Cold temperatures and blizzards have sharply increased energy demands throughout Serbia, which in turn have strained the energy infrastructure. Serbian officials enforced power outages, such as two-hour power cuts in Belgrade, in order to conserve energy.

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