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Killer Disasters - Month by Month Summaries




1999 -
Wildfires
Cataclysmic Drought
Flooding and Landslides
Most Deadly Disaster
Record Hurricane Season Predicted
December 1999:

28TH - GERMANY - AVALANCHE - 9 DEAD.

28TH - ITALY - AVALANCHE - 4 DEAD.

28th - ALASKA - AVALANCHE - 1 DEAD.

28th - FRANCE - GALES - 22 DEAD - 2nd storm in 3 days.

27th - AUSTRIA - AVALANCHES - 12 DEAD.

27th - HUNGARY - SNOWSTORM & FOG - 4 DEAD.

27th - PHILIPPINES - FLOODING - 8 DEAD.

27th - FRANCE - GALES - 44 DEAD.
-SWITZERLAND - 13 DEAD.
-GERMANY - 17 DEAD.
-SPAIN- 5 DEAD.

25th - COLUMBIA - AVALANCHE - 7 DEAD.


21st - WEST JAVA - 6.4 EARTHQUAKE - 4 DEAD - hundreds injured.

21st - SOUTH AFRICA - FLOODING AND LANDSLIDES - 11 DEAD.


21st - ALGERIA - EARTHQUAKE - 19 DEAD - 120 injured.

21st - COLORADO - AVALANCHE - 1 DEAD.

18th - COLUMBIA - FLOODING - 6 DEAD - (95 dead in flooding since August)

17th - ITALY - MUDSLIDES - 4 DEAD - 15 injured.

16th - INDONESIA - FLOODING - 6 DEAD - hundreds homeless.

16th - VENEZUELA - MUDSLIDES - 10,000 DEAD - worst disaster here in 100 years.

14th - PHILIPPINES - FLOODING - 2 DEAD - 5 missing.


13th - PHILIPPINES - 6.8 EARTHQUAKE - 5 DEAD - dozens injured.


10th - PHILIPPINES - 7.1 EARTHQUAKE - 2 DEAD.

8th - SUMATRA - MUDSLIDE - 58 DEAD.

6th THAILAND - FLOODING - 1 DEAD.

6th - PERU - LANDSLIDE - 34 DEAD.

4th - VIETNAM - FLOODING - 114 DEAD.


2nd - TURKEY - 5.5 EARTHQUAKE - 1 DEAD - 3 injured.

2nd - NORTHERN EUROPE - KILLER WINDSTORM: GERMANY - 2 DEAD
POLAND - 3 DEAD.
LITHUANIA - 1 DEAD.
LATVIA - 6 fishermen trapped under capsized boat - feared dead.
DENMARK - 6 DEAD - Denmark's worst storm in recent history.
BRITAIN - 3 DEAD.
SWEDEN - 3 DEAD

2nd - TEXAS - WINDSTORM - 2 DEAD - injured five and destroyed three homes.


NOVEMBER

29th - BRAZIL - LIGHTNING 1 DEAD.

26th - NEW GUINEA - EARTHQUAKE & TIDAL WAVE - 15 DEAD.

24th -SUDAN - FLOODING - 8 DEAD.

24th - POLAND - WINTER STORM - 32 DEAD.


22nd - IRAN - 5.8 EARTHQUAKE - 1 DEAD.

22nd - RUSSIA - WINTER STORMS - 56 DEAD - froze to death

. 17th - COLUMBIA - HURRICANE LENNY - 2 DEAD.
PUERTO RICO - 1 DEAD.
ST. MAARTEN - 4 DEAD.
GUADELOUPE - 4 DEAD.

17th - BRAZIL - RIVERBANK COLLAPSE - 26 DEAD.

13th - FRANCE - FLOODING - 26 DEAD.


12th - TURKEY - 7.2 EARTHQUAKE - 800 DEAD.

8th - GREECE - FLOODING - 1 DEAD.


7th - TURKEY - AFTERSHOCKS - 1 DEAD.

7th - PERU - AVALANCHE - 46 DEAD.

4th - COLUMBIA - FLOODING - 57 DEAD.


OCTOBER

29th - INDIA - SUPERCYCLONE - 9356 DEAD - more feared dead.

29th - CALIFORNIA - MASSIVE SURF - 2 DEAD.

27th - ENGLAND - LIGHTNING - 2 DEAD.

27th - MALAYSIA - CYCLONE 05B - 1 DEAD - thousands of people were evacuated.

27th - SOUTH AFRICA - FLOODING - 3 DEAD - hundreds of others left homeless.

26th - VIETNAM - FLOODING - 592 DEAD - thousands of homes destroyed.

26th - NIGERIA, AFRICA - FLOODING - 50 DEAD - waters still rising and many people were trapped in the area.

26th - ETHIOPIA - FLOODING - 34 DEAD.

24th - NEPAL - LANDSLIDES - 10 DEAD - 7 injured - more feared dead.


22nd - TAIWAN - 6.4 AFTERSHOCK - 1 DEAD - hundreds injured.

22nd - MEXICO - WORSENING FLOODS - 6 DEAD.

18th - SPAIN - STORM AT SEA - 2 DEAD.

18th - INDIA - CYCLONE 04B- 27 DEAD.

17th - U.S. - CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - 1 DEAD.

15th - PANAMA - FLOODING AND MUDSLIDES - 6 DEAD.

15th - FLORIDA - HURRICANE IRENE - 5 DEAD.

14th - CUBA, BAHAMAS - HURRICANE IRENE - 4 DEAD, 5 DEAD.

14th - SRI LANKA - MUDSLIDE, FLOODING - 2 DEAD - 25,000 homes flooded.

9th - CHINA - TYPHOON - 30 DEAD - 100 injured.

6th - MEXICO - FLOODS & MUDSLIDES - 425 DEAD.

6th - ECUADOR - VOLCANO - 1 DEAD - several injured.

6th - PHILIPINES - TYPHOON DAN - 7 DEAD.

5th - TIBET - AVALANCHE - 2 DEAD - one of the top climbers in the world and his cameraman.

5th - MEXICO - FLOODING (worst in 40 years) - 11 DEAD.

4th - COLUMBIA - FLOODING - 15 DEAD - thousands homeless.

4th - INDIA - LIGHTNING - 6 DEAD.


SEPTEMBER

30th - INDIA - LIGHTNING - 26 DEAD - 39 injured.

30TH - NIGERIA - FLOODING - 39 DEAD - thousands of others left homeless when ongoing pounding rains forced the opening of the sluice gates of three hydroelectric dams.


30th - MEXICO - 7.5 EARTHQUAKE - 29 DEAD - In the state of Oaxaca, 105 people were injured and 10,500 homes damaged.

27th - OREGON - DUSTSTORM - 6 DEAD in huge highway collision.


26th - TAIWAN - 6.5 AFTERSHOCK - 3 DEAD - 58 others injured.

25th - HONDURAS - FLOODING - 13 DEAD.
25th - INDIA - FLOODING - 12 DEAD.

24th - JAPAN - TYPHOON BART - 25 DEAD.

23rd - ENGLAND - LIGHTNING - 2 DEAD.

22nd - JAPAN - LANDSLIDE - 2 DEAD.


20th - TAIWAN - EARTHQUAKE 7.6 MAGNITUDE - 2042 DEAD - 6000 injured - 2,304 were trapped  in collapsed buildings around the country and 225 were missing in the  worst earthquake on record in Taiwan.

19th - MEXICO; HONDURAS; EL SALVADOR; NICARAGUA - FLOODING - 14 DEAD; 24 DEAD; 8 DEAD; 10 DEAD.

16th - JAPAN - TYPHOON ZIA - 9 DEAD - 3 missing.

16th - HONG KONG - TYPHOON YORK - 1 DEAD - 3 missing - 493 injured.

15TH - U.S. EAST COAST - HURRICANE FLOYD - 60 DEAD - may be costliest disaster ever in the U.S.

15th - SPAIN - RAINSTORMS - 3 DEAD.

15th - HONG KONG - HEATSTROKE - 3 DEAD - numerous others have fallen ill as the approach of Tropical Storm York slowed winds and trapped heat and pollution in the atmosphere.

13th - NIGER - FLOODING - 7 DEAD - 22,000 homeless.


13th - TURKEY - EARTHQUAKE AFTERSHOCK - 7 DEAD - 420 injured.

13th - PHILIPPINES - LANDSLIDE - 10 DEAD - triggered by torrential rains.

12th - GHANA - CHOLERA CAUSED BY FLOODING - 48 DEAD - At least 9,000 people homeless.

12th - SOUTH KOREA - LANDSLIDE - 5 DEAD - threat of more landslides in the rain-soaked hills.


7th - GREECE - EARTHQUAKE - 122 DEAD - 46 missing - 1557 injured - 5.9 magnitude.

6th - CHILE - UNSEASONAL SNOW AND RAIN - 3 DEAD - 4 missing.

6th - CHINA - TROPICAL STORM WENDY - 200 DEAD - 2600 injured - half a million dislocated due to flooding.

6th - SUDAN - GASTRO-ENTERITIS FROM FLOODING polluting the drinking water - 40 DEAD.

6th - SOMALIA - 3 DEAD —- 30 hours of nonstop rains.

6th - BULGARIA - FLOODING - 3 DEAD - 7 missing.

6th - MEXICO - FLOODING FROM TROPICAL STORMS - 9 DEAD.

2nd - SOUTH AFRICA - TORNADO - 5 DEAD - hundreds injured - thousands left homeless.

1ST - UGANDA - LANDSLIDES - 15 DEAD - 6 injured - 7 missing - The landslides struck four separate communities.

1st - INDIA - LANDSLIDE - 12 DEAD.


AUGUST 1999:

31st - BANGLADESH - LIGHTNING - 5 DEAD.

30th - BANGLADESH - FLOODING - 10 DEAD - monsoon rains.


31st - TURKEY - EARTHQUAKE AFTERSHOCK - 1 DEAD - 70 injured - strongest aftershock yet (5.2 mag.)

31st - GAMBIA - TROPICAL STORM CINDY - 26 DEAD - 3 others missing.

31st - MAURITANIA - TROPICAL STORM CINDY - 9 DEAD.

30th - NORTH CAROLINA, FLORIDA - HURRICANE - 3 DEAD.

29th - SOUTH AFRICA - UNPREDICTED STORM - 11 DEAD - 170 others injured - 5000 left homeless.

29th - ITALY - LIGHTNING - 1 DEAD - two separate lightning bolts struck two mountain climbers on Sicily's Mt. Etna Volcano. 29th - SENEGAL AND GAMBIA - TROPICAL STORM CINDY - 96 DEAD - 50 other fishermen remain missing.

29th - CALIFORNIA - FIRES - 2 DEAD - 1 firefighter and one driver disoriented by smoke.

26th - MEXICO - FLOODING - 5 DEAD -.

26th - SRI LANKA - ELEPHANT ATTACK - 1 DEAD - several others wounded, one in critical condition. The animals' food supply in the preserve had dwindled, forcing them to encroach on populated areas.

25th - UGANDA - ELEPHANT ATTACK - 3 DEAD - A band of 17 elephants separated from the country's main herd have run amok in northern Uganda for a year.

24th - MEXICO - KILLER BEES - 1 DEAD - 12 injured.

23rd - SENEGAL - TROPICAL STORM CINDY - 16 DEAD - 73 others missing.

23rd - SOUTHERN CHINA - TYPHOON SAM - 5 DEAD - 12 others injured.

23rd - PHILIPPINES - TYPHOON SAM - 2 DEAD - 9 injured.

23rd - HONG KONG - TYPHOON SAM - 2 DEAD IN an airline crash - more than 100 other people were injured.

22nd - IRAN - FLOODS - 25 DEAD.

18th - SUDAN, EGYPT - HEAT WAVE (114 degrees) - 25 DEAD - 43 hospitalized. The death toll could rise in the East African country next month when temperatures may rise higher.

18th - IRAN - FLOODS - 2 DEAD - scores of others injured.


17th - TURKEY - EARTHQUAKE - 18,000+ DEAD - 35,000 injured - thousands missing and feared dead - 200,000 homeless.

16th - BRAZIL - COLD WAVE - 2 DEAD - one of the worst cold waves to hit southern Brazil in recent history.

16TH - KHARTOUM, SUDAN - FLOODING - 11 DEAD - 50,000 others were left homeless as floods washed over parts of the country in the past two weeks.

14TH - JAPAN - FLOODING - 13 DEAD - 2 others missing.

13th - RUSSIA - WIND STORMS - 1 DEAD - 3 HOSPITALIZED.

12th - UTAH - TORNADO - 1 DEAD - 100 injured.

12TH - CHINA - FLOODING - 100 DEAD - 120,000 others left stranded - at least 30,000 homes destroyed.

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12TH - IRAN - EARTHQUAKE - 1 DEAD - 5.1 magnitude.

8th - IRAN - FLOODING - 6 DEAD - 11 seriously injured.

7th - INDIA - CYCLONE - 6 DEAD.

6th - CAMBODIA - FLASH FLOOD - 4 DEAD.

5th - CHINA - FLOODING - 725 DEAD - 5.5 million now displaced.

5th - SOUTH AFRICA - WILDFIRES - 4 DEAD - five others seriously injured.

4th - NORTH KOREA - FLOODING - 63 DEAD - more monsoon rain predicted.

4th - SUDAN - FLOODING - 10+ DEAD - hundreds of families left homeless in the flooding triggered by monsoon rains .

3rd - THAILAND - FLOODING - 6 DEAD - in the most severe flooding in 80 years.

3rd - PHILIPPINES - MUDSLIDE - 37 DEAD - 28 missing and presumed dead. As of August 6th, the death toll is 92 in one of the Philippines' worst floods in years.

2nd - BEIJING - HEAT WAVE - 6 DEAD - 20 others hospitalized in the city's worst heat wave this century.

1st - VIETNAM - FLASH FLOODS - 16 DEAD - 11 missing. As of August 6, 37 are dead in the worst flooding in 47 years.

1st - THAILAND - FLOODING - 4 DEAD.

1st -  PHILIPPINES - LANDSLIDES AND FLOODING - 20 DEAD - caused by monsoon rains.



JULY 1999:

31st - SOUTH KOREA - LANDSLIDES AND FLOODING - 63 DEAD.

26th - PAKISTAN - AVALANCHE - 2 DEAD.

27th - SWITZERLAND - FLASH FLOOD - 20 DEAD - worst accident ever for the sport of canyoning.

26th - CHINA - LANDSLIDE - 7 DEAD when a bus was swept off a mountain road and into a river.

26th - IRAN - FLOODS - 34 DEAD.

25th - INDIA - MUDSLIDES - 10 DEAD - Forty others were injured, some critically.

25th - ILLINOIS & OHIO - HEAT WAVE - 12 DEAD.
August 5 - Deaths from U.S. east coast heat wave have reached 252


23rd - MAHESHKHALI ISLAND - EARTHQUAKE - 7 DEAD -- 500 injured.

21st - TOKYO, JAPAN - RAINSTORMS & FLOODING - 2 DEAD.

19th - IOWA - FLOODING - 1 DEAD.

19th - BOMBAY, INDIA - MUDSLIDE - 7 DEAD.

13th - INDIA - HEAVY MONSOON RAINS - 45 DEAD - millions left homeless. As of July 31 the death toll from monsoon rains had reached 154.

13th - EUROPE - TORRENTIAL RAIN - 80 DEAD from nearly two weeks of freak weather across central and south-eastern Europe. In Serbia, heavy rains that started on Monday left four people dead, three missing, and tens of thousands homeless. Near the Romanian border there was a national record downpour in less than 12 hours. In Hungary, rescue services reported 6 people died in the south-western town of Siklos when a cellar collapsed after five days of rain. Dozens of villages were flooded. In Romania, the Environment Ministry reported 30 people had died since July 1, including 15 after a landslide near a dam at Riu-de-Mori, in the south-west.

12TH - CALIFORNIA - FLOODS - 1 DEAD - 4 injured - flash flood waters 25 feet high swept boulders through homes and cars.

11th -YUGOSLAVIA - FLOODS -10 MISSING.

9th - ROMANIA - FLOODS, LANDSLIDES - 10 DEAD.

9th - SERBIA - FLOODS - 2 DEAD.

9th - HUNGARY - FLOODS - 2 DEAD.

8th - BELARUS - LIGHTNING - 4 DEAD.

8th - ROMANIA - HEAT WAVE - 10 DEAD.

8TH - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FLOODS - 2 DEAD - almost 3 inches of rain in a few hours , their annual rainfall is only 4 inches a year.

8TH - INDIA --LIGHTNING - 8 DEAD - 12 others seriously injured.

7th - TAJIKISTAN - LANDSLIDES - 23 DEAD

6th - EASTERN U.S. - HEAT WAVE - 71 DEAD.

5TH - MEXICO - FLOODNG - 2 DEAD - one missing. Four earthquakes rumbled across southern Mexico at the same time.

2nd - CHINA - FLOODING - 30 DEAD - 152 now have died in this summer's flooding.By July 6th the death toll has risen to 240.



Total fatalities so far this year are at least 2,420.

JUNE 1999:

total fatalities at least 262 this month.

30TH - KATHMANDU - FLOODING, LANDSLIDES - 13 DEAD over the past nine days. WORST RAIN TO POUND THE CITY IN 30 YEARS.

28th - JAPAN - HEAVY RAINS, FLOODING - 29 DEAD - 16 missing - 854 landslides.

28th - ALABAMA - TORRENTIAL RAINS - 3 DEAD.

28TH - GEORGIA - TORRENTIAL RAINS - 4 DEAD.

 28th - ZAMBIA - LION & HIPPO ATTACKS - 7 DEAD - Five of the victims were fishermen who were attacked and killed without warning by hippos while they were fishing. Lions also killed two farmers who were trying to protect their cattle from the big cats' attacks.

25th - MEXICO - FLOODING, MUDSLIDES - 3 DEAD - hundreds left homeless. The storm was caused by a tropical depression, which officials said was the eighth of the season.

25th - BANGLADESH - MONSOON RAINS, FLOODING - 19 DEAD - 55 missing - 10,000 homeless - 200,000 marooned by flood waters.

24th - ROMANIA - FLOODING - 21 DEAD - more than 500 homes damaged, thousands homeless.

23rd - RUSSIA - LIGHTNING - 1 DEAD - large section of St. Petersburg was damaged.

22nd - SIERRA LEONE - LIGHTNING - 13 DEAD.

20th - AFGHANISTAN - MASSIVE FOREST FIRE - 4 DEAD.

20th - MEXICO - HURRICANE - 6 DEAD.

18th - TAIWAN - RAINSTORMS, LIGHTNING - 1 DEAD, 4 MISSING - 29 injured.

18th - INDIA - TORRENTIAL RAINS - 53 DEAD - thousands left homeless.

17th - CHINA - RAINSTORMS, HAIL - 20 DEAD - 2000 homes damaged, numerous mudslides.


15th - MEXICO - 6.7 EARTHQUAKE - 18 DEAD - 100s injured.

15th - NORTHERN MEXICO - HAIL, FLOODS - 11 DEAD.

13th - YOSEMITE - ROCKSLIDE - 1 DEAD - 4 injured.

12th - TEXAS - TORNADO, FLOODING - 1 DEAD.

9th - VIETNAM - ELEPHANT RAMPAGE - 5 DEAD - eight elephants migrated to the area in April after being forced out of their natural habitat.

9th - IRAN - FLASH FLOODING caused by torrential rains - 2 DEAD.

. 8th - HAITI - FLOODING - 13 DEAD.

6th - PHILIPPINES - TYPHOON - 2 DEAD.

5th - SOUTH DAKOTA - TORNADO - 1 DEAD.


4th - AZERBAIJAN - EARTHQUAKE (7.0) - 1 DEAD - 15 injured, 4 critically.

4th - GERMANY - VIOLENT THUNDERSTORMS - 3 DEAD - 15 injured.

2nd - MEXICO - AN UNUSUALLY LARGE WAVE - 1 DEAD.

1st - ILLINOIS, OKLAHOMA - TORNADOS - 2 DEAD, 10 injured.

1st - RUSSIA - LIGHTNING, HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS - 4 DEAD.




MAY

total fatalities at least 551 this month

30th - FRANCE - HAILSTORM - 3 DEAD.

24th - PERU - FLOODS - 4 DEAD - 250,000 homeless.

24th - BRAZIL - FLOODING / HEAVY RAINS - 7 DEAD and more than 8,000 others homeless.

23rd - PHILIPPINES - FLOODS - 7 DEAD - (74 have died since January with over 500,000 displaced from their homes)

22nd - GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, AUSTRIA - FLOODS - 7 DEAD

20th - PAKISTAN - CYCLONE, TIDAL WAVES - 400 CONFIRMED DEAD SO FAR - 6000 STILL MISSING.

19th - BRAZIL - MUDSLIDE -7 DEAD - dozens buried, 20 remain missing.

19th - CHINA - FLOODING - 3 DEAD - 17,000 homes damaged.

18th - MICHIGAN - HIGH WINDS - 1 DEAD

16th - IOWA - TORNADOS - 2 DEAD - dozens injured.

15th - CHINA - TORNADO - 13 DEAD.

12th -- TEXAS - TORNADOS - 1 DEAD.

11th -- PHILIPPINES - LANDSLIDE - 10+ DEAD.

9th -- CUBA - TORNADOS - 5 DEAD - A series of tornadoes destroyed 550 homes.


7th - IRAN - magnitude 6.3 EARTHQUAKE - 27 DEAD - 25 villages completely flattened - 800 homes destroyed.

7th -- FRANCE - AVALANCHE - 2 DEAD.

6th - MOSCOW - DEEP FREEZE - 1 DEAD.

5th - TENNESSEE - TORNADOS - 3 DEAD

4TH - LOUISIANA, TEXAS, ARKANSAS, MISSOURI - TORNADOS - 1 DEAD.

3rd - OKLAHOMA, KANSAS - TORNADOS - 43 DEAD - LARGEST MIDWEST TORNADO IN OVER 50 YEARS.

2nd - FRANCE -- AVALANCHE - 1 DEAD - two others were left missing.

2nd -- BANGLADESH - SEVERE HAIL STORM, LIGHTNING - 3 DEAD.



January - April 1999