Jan 15, 2007
Severe FREAK storms with hurricane-strength winds have battered southern Sweden, killing at least three people, disrupting transport and leaving about 270,000 homes without electricity. The victims were all struck by falling trees. Winds on the south-west coast reached speeds of nearly 150km/h (93mph) on Sunday but have since slackened. Rail services were suspended because trees had been blown onto tracks. Road and air traffic were also badly hit.
Torrential Rain/ Floods/ Landslides
NORWAY - Winds of up to hurricane force lashed the coast of Western and Southern Norway in the early hours of Sunday morning. Train services to Sweden were stopped. Warning of extreme weather conditions had been issued for the coastal districts, and the police had asked people along the coast in Rogaland, Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane counties to stay indoors during the night. Power lines are down several places, but no one has so far been injured in the storm.
BRUNEI - Mud and large rocks came rumbling down near a home in Bengkurong Masin as a result of a landslide triggered by heavy downpours over the past few days in the area. A family who had just purchased the home said they heard the earth-shaking thuds of large rocks falling from a 30-foot steep hill situated next to their house compound at around midnight on Thursday. The next morning they found huge rocks and debris lying in their house compound. A section of the wooden fence surrounding the house was damaged as a result of the incident. The relevant authorities have already inspected the area and issued a safety warning to the family not to be near the compound in the event of heavy rainfall. Members of the family later identified more big boulders on the peak of the hill and have since been on high alert in the event of another landslide. (photo)
IRAN - A landslide has inflicted heavy damages on the water, power, communication installations and utilities as well as a large number of residential units in the stricken area in a highland region in the vicinity of Tonekabon in northern Iran. The incident started initially with a slow landslip in the area which started in recent weeks, which has now accelerated and turned into a landslide, damaging 20 villages. Five residential buildings have been destroyed entirely and 17 more have received damages ranging from 30 to 100 percent. The damages have been estimated at 5 billion Iranian Tomans (USD5,000,000). (photo)