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3/13/2008

Weather wreaks havoc in Durban

South Africa
People were helping each other, breaking walls to get people out of houses. The water levels were up to 1.8 metres. Cars were floating and completely submerged

Homes, roads, railways, hospitals and courts were all affected by a flash flood across Durban when 166.8mm of rain was recorded within two hours. "People were helping each other, breaking walls to get people out of houses. The water levels were up to 1.8 metres. Cars were floating and completely submerged." Motorists were found sitting on top of their cars. Durban’s St Augustine’s Hospital was struck by lightning.

FREAK WEATHER /FLOODS
CHILE - This last weekend, Chile’s central region suffered from unexpected rain, in some places, such as Aconcagua valley, with hail (up to 2 cm in diameter). The amount of rainfall recorded was in the range of 13 mm up to 30 mm. The weather had the following consequences: Stains and cracking in the late stone fruit, nectarines and plums plus leaf removal from the trees. Diverse range of damage in grapes, producing stem + berry skin injuries (from flesh removal to bruising), also leaf removal and extra moisture that with the high sugar content makes the fruit highly sensitive to rot and other disease occurrence. The summer rain, being RARE at this time of the year, has been occurring more often year after year as the global weather is changing.

CHINA's
northern region of Inner Mongolia is on high alert against a severe flood threat caused by ice blocking the Yellow River during the spring thaw. More than 70,000 people in the region were on standby for rescue and disaster relief efforts along the frozen 720-km (450-mile) stretch of China's second longest river. The river's ice flood was THE HEAVIEST IN 40 YEARS. The Yellow River in Inner Mongolia began to melt on Tuesday.
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