Last updated 9:00 PM EST, April 25, 2006 by ERG
1989 Global Register of Major Flood Events - Scroll Down and Look For Links to Maps In The Country Column
DFO # Country Detailed
Locations
Rivers Began Ended  Duration (days)  Dead  Displaced   Damage (USD)  Main cause Secondary cause Recurrence Interval (anecdotal)   Severity Class*   Hectares flooded  Hayden Code  Affected Region ( sq km)    Flood Magnitude**  MODIS flood inundation limit
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158 Brazil Northeastern States: Bahia, Minas Gerais, Piaui, Maranhao, Goias, Tocantins Paraguacu 10-Dec-89 31-Dec-89 22 35 200,000   Heavy rain     1     2,339,000 47.3   Flooding and landslides.
120 Tanzania Districts - Mahurunga, Kilambo, Kihimika, Tangazo, Kitunguli Ruvuma 17-Dec-89 25-Dec-89 9 1     Heavy rain     1   Tpz 69,920 5.8    
119 Taiwan Taipei   16-Dec-89 18-Dec-89 3       Heavy rain     1   Tszo 1,560 0.4    
117 Sri Lanka Southwestern Districts: Kegalle (Bulathkohupitiya), Gampaha, Galle, Kalutara, Matara, Nuwara-Eliya, Ratnapura   19-Nov-89 6-Dec-89 18 4     Heavy rain     1   Tpz 15,520 3.6    
115 North Korea Pyongyang   7-Nov-89 11-Nov-89 5       Heavy rain     1   TsuCpSs* 3,320 0.9    
114 Somalia Koryaleh Province - Afgoi-Yare, Allafuuto, Kurtun-Waare Shabelle 6-Nov-89 14-Nov-89 9       Heavy rain     1   Tpz 29,030 3.7    
122 Thailand - Typhoon Gay Southern Provinces - Chumphon, Prachuab Khirikhan, Surat Thani   3-Nov-89 10-Nov-89 8 304 150,000  $         13,900,000 Tropical cyclone     1 144,000 Tszo 44,230 4.4   Flooding and landslides.  29 ships sunk or capsized.  144,000 hectares of farmland in Chumphon damaged.
113 Philippines Southern Philippines   3-Nov-89 8-Nov-89 6 30     Tropical cyclone     1   Tpz 11,860 2.0    
112 Russia Transbaikal Area   18-Oct-89 25-Oct-89 8 2     Heavy rain     1   CSs** 102,200 6.6    
111 Philippines - Typhoon Sara (Openg) Northern Luzon - Cagayan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Pangasinan, Cordilleras, Benguet, Kalinga-Apayao, La Union, Zambales   10-Sep-89 12-Sep-89 3 17 3,000  $           1,420,000 Tropical cyclone     1   Tpz 36,940 2.1   Flooding and landslides.
157 China - Typhoon Brian Hainan Island   2-Oct-89 5-Oct-89 4 31     Tropical cyclone     1 75,000   18,210 1.9   194,000 acres of rice paddies flooded.  Millions of rubber trees damaged.
36 US - Hurricane Jerry Texas - Galveston   15-Oct-89 16-Oct-89 2 2    $           9,000,000 Tropical cyclone Tidal surge   1   TsoCp 6,300 0.6   8 ft storm tides.
109 Philippines - Typhoon Angela Northern Luzon Coast - Gonzaga, Santa Ana   6-Oct-89 10-Oct-89 5 45 8,846  $               75,000 Tropical cyclone     1 Tpz 5,320 1.2   $75,000 worth of crops damaged.
108 Philippines Manila   23-Sep-89 25-Sep-89 3 2     Heavy rain     1   Tpz 1,320 0.4    
156 Caribbean - Hurricane Hugo Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas   18-Sep-89 21-Sep-89 4 14 50,000   Tropical cyclone                 10 1     6,050 1.1   Flooding and landslides.  Strongest hurricane to hit the Caribbean in a decade.
106 Pakistan   17-Sep-89 19-Sep-89 3 7     Tropical cyclone     1   Tszo 129,500 4.0    
105 Oman     14-Sep-89 16-Sep-89 3 2     Brief torrential rain     1   Tpz 72,160 3.0    
159 Brazil Parana State   10-Sep-89 13-Sep-89 4 12 10,000   Heavy rain     1     193,200 6.1   2500 homes destroyed.
155 Taiwan - Typhoon Sarah Taiwan, Penghu Islands Houchin 12-Sep-89 17-Sep-89 6 11 100  $         36,400,000 Tropical cyclone     1     17,490 2.4   100 people homeless in Hualien.  81,500 acres of rice paddies and vegetable and fruit farms flooded in eastern and central Taiwan - estimated damage $36.4 million.
153 Nepal Bhajang District - Chaurjhari   8-Sep-89 12-Sep-89 5 16     Heavy rain     1     6,400 1.3   Flooding and landslides.
103 Nepal Districts - Taplejun, Panchthar Koshi 1-Sep-89 25-Sep-89 25 59 3,000  $           1,440,000 Heavy rain     1 1,440,000 Tszo 15,800 4.0   Flooding and landslides.
102 Mexico States: Colima, Chihuahua, Guerrero, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Veracruz, Mexico City   9-Sep-89 24-Sep-89 16 22 21,063  $           4,300,000 Tropical cyclone     1 16,344 Tso 249,800 13.9   577 heads of livestock killed.
101 Malawi Districts: Chikwawa, Nsanje, Machinga, Mango Chi, Salima, Balaka, Zomba, Mulanje, Nwanza, Chiradzulu   8-Sep-89 18-Sep-89 11 2     Heavy rain     1 Tsz 35,410 4.5    
152 India Uttar Pradesh state   3-Sep-89 10-Sep-89 8 7     Heavy rain     1     205,000 9.4   Flooding and mudslides.
100 Japan Prefectures: Kumamoto, Osaka, Oita, Fukuoka    2-Sep-89 5-Sep-89 4 7 18,000   Heavy rain     1   TsoCeSe* 10,380 1.4   Flooding and landslides.  4,500 houses flooded.
98 Ghana Tamale   25-Aug-89 29-Aug-89 5 2 400   Heavy rain Dam/levy break or release   1   Tpz 15,900 2.0   100 houses destroyed.  Dam collapsed after days of torrential rain, flooding the town.
97 Japan - Typhoon Roger Kanto Region - Tokyo, Saitama, Tokushima   25-Aug-89 28-Aug-89 4 5 6,400   Heavy rain     1   TsoCeSe* 31,700 2.5   Flooding and landslides.  1,600 houses flooded.
96 Iran Southern Provinces   22-Aug-89 25-Aug-89 4 6     Heavy rain     1   SpSe* 96,590 4.3    
95 Iran West Azerbaijan Province - Haris, Heidarabad, Teil, Almas, Dizaj, Sheikh Marjan   17-Aug-89 19-Aug-89 3 1     Heavy rain     1   SpSe* 56,830 2.6   Flooding and landslides.  Heavy damage to livestock.
92 Djibouti Djibouti   9-Aug-89 25-Aug-89 17       Heavy rain     1   Tpz 11,890 3.1    
91 Iran Eastern Iran - Zabol Hirmand, Pariyan 7-Aug-89 10-Aug-89 4   300,000   Heavy rain     1 9,000 SpSe* 15,980 1.8    
90 Philippines Samar
Luzon
Leyte - Sorgoson
  9-Aug-89 14-Aug-89 6 112     Heavy rain     1   Tpz 20,680 2.6    
89 Indonesia Sumatra: Riau, West Sumatra - Kampar, Solok, Bengkulu   9-Aug-89 13-Aug-89 5       Heavy rain     1   Tpz 98,710 5.1    
88 Burundi Bujumbura Province   7-Aug-89 9-Aug-89 3       Tropical cyclone     1   Tsz 1,330 0.4    
87 Bermuda - Hurricane Dean Hamilton   6-Aug-89 7-Aug-89 2   60   Tropical cyclone     1   Tpo 50 0.0    
151 Pakistan Punjab, Sind Indus 29-Jul-89 7-Aug-89 10 53     Monsoonal rain     1 269,230   331,500 13.3   46,500 hectares of crops damaged (mostly rice).
85  USA Kentucky - Fort Knox, Lexington, Louisvile, Barlow, Boston, Frankfort
Tennessee -
Lebanon, Nashville, Rives
West Virginia -
Cabell, Lincoln, Ona, Milton
Kentucky - Rolling Fork, Ohio, Kentucky
Tennessee -
Sinking Creek, Town Creek, Obion
West Virginia -
Mud
4-Aug-89 7-Aug-89 4       Heavy rain     1   TsoCp 54,970 3.3    
150 USSR Russia's Far East - Dalnerechensk, Lesozavodsk Ussuri, Malinovka  27-Jul-89 7-Aug-89 12 17    $       640,000,000 Heavy rain                 36 2 120,000   22,860 7.5   Potato, tomato, cucumber plantations devastated on over 100 farms.  120,000 hectares of fields flooded, 75,000 head of cattle killed.  River levels raised over 23 ft.
86 Bangladesh Sylhet District - Zakignaj Dalia 1-Aug-89 7-Aug-89 7 200 600,000   Monsoonal rain     1   Tszo 9,530 1.9    
84 Namibia     31-Jul-89 3-Aug-89 4 2     Heavy rain     1     118,000 4.8    
83 Vietnam - Typhoon Irving Vietnam - Thanh Hoa   25-Jul-89 31-Jul-89 7 102 369,200   Tropical cyclone     1   Tpz 10,730 2.0   92,300 houses and 160,000 acres of farmland destroyed.
82  Indonesia Jakarta Ciliwung 31-Jul-89 2-Aug-89 3 8     Heavy rain     1   Tpz 3,530 0.7   Flooding and landslide.
81  Fiji Viti Levu   29-Jul-89 2-Aug-89 5 15     Heavy rain     1   Tpo 5,950 1.2    
80 South Korea - Typhoon Judy Southern Port City of Pusan   28-Jul-89 31-Jul-89 4 21 40,000   Tropical cyclone     1   TsuCpSs* 1,070 0.5   Flooding and landslides.  10,000 acres of paddy fields flooded.  11.7 inches of rain.
79 China - Typhoon Hope Provinces: Fujian, Zhejiang   20-Jul-89 29-Jul-89 10 104 20,000  $         54,000,000 Tropical cyclone     1   TsuCpSs* 215,100 10.7   Crops and livestock destroyed.
76 Sri Lanka Eastern Areas - Kalmunai, Sammunturai, Ampara, Polonnaruwa   27-Jul-89 31-Jul-89 5 160     Monsoonal rain     1   Tpz 8,030 1.4    
148 Taiwan Miaoli, Taichung, Nantou, Chiayi   26-Jul-89 30-Jul-89 5 16 152  $         47,320,000 Heavy rain     1 7,500   15,550 2.0   Flooding and landslides.  392.2 mm of rain.  63 houses collapsed.  324.8 hectares of farmland lost their topsoil, 985.7 hectares were flooded - combined loss of $31.78 million.  6,000 hectares of rice and other crops damaged as well.  Additional damage of $15.54 million.
74 China Sichuan Province - Chongqing City , Nanchong, Daxian, Wanxian, Fuling Yangtze 27-Jul-89 20-Sep-89 56 3,000    $         25,000,000 Heavy rain     1 14,002,136 TsuCpSs* 70,240 10.7    
73 Nepal     22-Jul-89 27-Jul-89 6 29 900  $             896,000 Heavy rain     1   Tszo 91,480 5.4   Flooding and landslides.  225 houses destroyed.
72 India States: Assam, Manipur, Mizoram Brahmaputra, Jhanji, Madoijan, Barak 5-Jul-89 10-Aug-89 37 31 32,000  $         31,250,000 Monsoonal rain                 60 2   Tszo 112,800 24.3   Major erosion in Assam from Brahmaputra flooding.  $31.25 million in crops lost in Manipur. Worst flooding in Manipur in 23 yrs, worst in Mizoram in 60 yrs.
78 South Korea Seoul   25-Jul-89 29-Jul-89 5 131 1,200,000  $       231,000,000 Tropical cyclone     1 30000 TsuCpSs* 5,880 1.2    
70 Bangladesh Sylhet District Kushiara 6-Jul-89 23-Jul-89 18 1     Heavy rain     1   Tszo 4,690 2.0    
71 China Jilin Province Nenjiang, Dongliaohe  18-Jul-89 26-Jul-89 9 63     Monsoonal rain     1   TsuCpSs* 192,300 9.6   270,000 hectares of farmland damaged, 10,000 houses destroyed.
68 India Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka  Bhavani, Bindusara, Krishna, Godavari, Tunga, Ghataprabha 22-Jul-89 31-Jul-89 10 780     Monsoonal rain     1   Tszo 905,200 21.9   Flooding and landslides.
67 China Heilongjiang Province - Qiqihar Wusuli, Nenjiang  21-Jul-89 31-Jul-89 11 24 16,000   Heavy rain     1 34,000 TsuCpSs* 12,600 2.7    
66 China - Typhoon Vera Provinces: Zhejiang, Jiangsu   20-Jul-89 25-Jul-89 6       Tropical cyclone     1   TsuCpSs* 85,600 5.2    
64 China Anhui Province Huaihe 19-Jul-89 27-Jul-89 9 3     Heavy rain     1 100,000 TsuCpSs* 7,720 1.9   100,000 hectares of paddy fields flooded.  200 houses destroyed.
63 China Qinghai Province - Haibei Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, Xining   16-Jul-89 27-Jul-89 12 107 1,413   Heavy rain                 20 1 5,000 TsuCpSs* 8,440 2.3   5,000 hectares of farmland destroyed and 3,237 head of livestock killed.
110 Philippines - Typhoon Gordon Luzon - Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, La Union, Abra, Mountain Province, Baguio   16-Jul-89 20-Jul-89 5 26 186,000  $         30,000,000 Tropical cyclone     1   Tpz 46,660 3.5   Flooding and landslides. Damage to rice and tobacco producing regions.
62 China   Yellow 10-Jul-89 17-Jul-89 8 50 48,000  $       100,000,000 Heavy rain     1 19,200 TsuCpSs* 207,100 9.5    
144 Sri Lanka Sabaragamuwa Province - Kegalle, Ratnapura   11-Jul-89 16-Jul-89 6 14 20,000   Heavy rain     1     4,310 1.2   Floodwaters up to 5 ft.  247 mm of rain in 24 hrs.
61 China Quangxi Province - Nanning   7-Jul-89 20-Jul-89 14 50 410,000   Heavy rain     1   TsuCpSs* 19,170 3.7    
60 China Sichuan Province   11-Jul-89 23-Jul-89 13 814     Heavy rain     1 600,000 TsuCpSs* 321,500 14.5    
59 China Hunan Province   30-Jun-89 20-Jul-89 21 18 22,400   Heavy rain     1 200,000 TsuCpSs* 178,400 12.9   200,000 hectares of crops washed away.  5,600 houses collapsed.
58 China Hong Kong   6-Jul-89 10-Jul-89 5 1,377    $         16,000,000 Heavy rain     1 2,221,000 TsuCpSs* 1,010 0.5   Flooding and landslides.
143 Brazil Mato Grosso do Sul - Ivinhema
Sao Paulo - Itapecerica da Serra
  27-Jul-89 31-Jul-89 5 36 45,000   Heavy rain     1     179,800 6.8   Flooding and landslides.
142 China Zhejiang Province - Lanxi  Qiantangjiang  3-Jul-89 7-Jul-89 5 38 30,000   Heavy rain Dam/levy break or release   1 100,000   4,580 1.1   142 km of dykes burst.
56 Bangladesh Northern and Eastern Regions: Bandarban, Rangpur   3-Jul-89 5-Jul-89 3 2 20,000   Monsoonal rain     1   Tszo 33,670 2.0   50 villiages flooded, rice crops damaged.  Flash flooding after Brahmaputra tributaries burst their banks.
55 Venezuela Coastal communities - Mountains north of Caracas   1-Jul-89 10-Jul-89 10       Heavy rain     1   Tpo 1,590 0.9    
141 China Quangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region: Tian'e County - Yanlai Township   21-Jun-89 30-Jun-89 10 28     Heavy rain     1 326   8,670 2.1   Flooding and mudslides.  108 houses destroyed, 326 hectares of crops damaged.
54 Peru Andean foothills   25-Jun-89 29-Jun-89 5       Heavy rain     1   Tpu 21,800 2.4    
53 Brazil Alagoas State - Uniao dos Palmares, Maceio Mundau, Paraiba, Camarajibe 5-Jul-89 16-Jul-89 12 33 410,000   Heavy rain                 30 2   Tpz 27,550 8.2   More than double the average amount of rain recorded in July during the past 50 years.  Mudslides and 12 ft floodwaters.  Worst flooding in Maceio in 30 yrs.
51 Chile Santiago    19-Jun-89 21-Jun-89 3       Heavy rain     1   Cp 10,680 1.1    
50 Brazil Rio de Janeiro   16-Jun-89 18-Jun-89 3 9     Heavy rain     1   Tpz 7,980 1.0   Flooding and mudslides following 24 hrs of torrential rain.
140 China Qinghai Province   15-Jun-89 30-Jun-89 16 3    $             670,000 Heavy rain     1 460   122,500 9.7   Floods killed 343 head of animals; destroyed or inundated 243 hectares of farmland and 217 hectares of forests.
48 Brazil States:  Ceara, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe, Maranhao, Piavi, Rio grande do Norte, Paraiba, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Goias, Tocantins Paraiba 1-Jun-89 26-Jun-89 26       Heavy rain     1   Tpz 2735000 53.9   Unusually heavy rainfall for this late in the season.
139 Sri Lanka Kegalle, Aranayake Kelaniya  30-May-89 11-Jun-89 13 315 300,000   Heavy rain     1     2,740 1.3   Flooding and mudslides.
137 Phillipines Davao del Sur Province - Malita   1-Jun-89 8-Jun-89 8 11 4,000   Heavy rain     1     3,950 1.3   Trees and crops uprooted.  Thunderstorm and tornado.  Waist high floodwater.
138 China - Typhoon Brenda  Guandong Province   21-May-89 5-Jun-89 16 84 1,000,000   Tropical cyclone     1 327,000   90,100 8.3    
44 USA Central Plains   2-Jun-89 5-Jun-89 4 270 175,000   Heavy rain                 40 1   TsuCpSe* 320,800 7.9    
136 Vietnam - Cyclone Cecil Provinces: Quang Nam-da Nang, Binh Tri Thien, Nghe Tinh   23-May-89 31-May-89 9 140 150,000  $         22,000,000 Tropical cyclone                 50 2 145,000   18,570 6.0   10,000 houses destroyed and 27,000 buildings damaged.  Country's worst natural disaster in nearly 50 years.  7,000 hectares of rice that was ready for harvesting destroyed and 145,000 hectares affected.  Quang Nam-da Nang Province damage cost of 93 billion dong  (22 million dollars).
40 USA Vermont - Plainsfield, Montpelier, Hancock, Middlebury Winooski, Dog 24-May-89 26-May-89 3 151 336,000  $         21,000,000 Extra-tropical cyclone     1 183,900 TsoCp 8,900 1.0    
35 USA Texas (Houston, Beaumont, Austin, Dallas), Louisiana   15-May-89 20-May-89 6 6 400   Heavy rain     1   Tsu 185,600 7.7   14.2 inches of rain in 24 hrs in Western Louisiana.  Waist high flooding.
135 Georgia Adzharia/Ajaria Charukh 18-Apr-89 30-Apr-89 13 52 20,000   Rain and snowmelt     1     3,020 1.4   Flooding and landslides.  40 million roubles in damage.  Landslide formed a dam on the Charukh River 100 m high and 600 m wide, flooding the town of Tsablana.
134 Djibouti Djibouti Ambouli  7-Apr-89 12-Apr-89 6 9 150,000   Heavy rain     1     17,360 2.4   75% of capital flooded, up to 3 ft of water in houses.
32 USA Oregon   9-Apr-89 19-Apr-89 11 45 306,000   Heavy rain     2    Cp  154,600 18.9    
133 Brazil Piaui State - Teresina, Sao Miguel do Tapuio
Ceara State - Iguatu
Paraiba State - Joao Pessoa
Poti, Parnaiba, Trussu, Jagauribe 8-Apr-89 15-Apr-89 8 34 4,080  $             650,000 Heavy rain     1     403,800 13.2   Flooding and landslides.  End to a 6 month drought.
132 Australia - Cyclone Aivu  Northern Queensland - Burdekin, Ayr   4-Apr-89 8-Apr-89 5 2 1,000   Tropical Cyclone                   1     51,940 3.7   Burdekin fruit-growing region declared a disaster area.
22 USA Louisiana - Anacoco
Northeast Texas - Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Huntington, Longview
Arkansas - Texarkana
Mississippi - Vicksburg
  29-Mar-89 1-Apr-89 4 1     Heavy rain Dam/levy break or release                 1   TsoCp 100,400 4.4   Up to 14 inches of rain.  Roads flooded and washed out. Thunderstorms spawned tornadoes.  Earthen dam burst near Henderson, Texas.
26 USA Missouri, Kansas City - Line Creek   26-Mar-89 11-Apr-89 17 3     Heavy rain                   1 20,000  TsuCpSe*  10,930 3.0    
24 Yemen Central South Governorates: Hadramaut, Shabwa, Mahra, Seyoun   19-Mar-89 1-May-89 44 53 80,000   Monsoon rain                   1 19,425   58,570 9.2   Worst flooding in years.  3,066 houses and 625 miles of roads destroyed.  48,000 acres of farmland inundated, destroying 60% of the grain and fruit crop.
23 USA Lower Ohio Valley   18-Mar-89 27-Mar-89 10 15     Heavy rain                   1 2,000  TsuCpSe*  2,600 1.2    
131 Malawi Chikwawa, Nsanje   9-Mar-89 15-Mar-89 7 6 37,000   Heavy rain                 33               2     9,170 3.7   Widespread damage to corn crops.  Worst floods recorded since 1956.
130 Indonesia Central Java - Tegal, Brebes Muarareja  21-Feb-89 27-Feb-89 7 3 15,000   Heavy rain                   1     18,960 2.7    
129 Peru Eastern Andes Region (north of Lima) - Shucyacu Gera, Indoche  16-Feb-89 22-Feb-89 7 60 1,000   Heavy rain                   1     3,000 1.1   Hundreds of farm families near Shucyacu, a tiny village 20 miles south of Moyobamba were temporarily been driven from their homes.  Rice and corn crops destroyed.  6 ft high flood water.
16 USA Arizona - Pheonix   13-Feb-89 18-Feb-89 6 5    $         25,000,000 Heavy rain                 10               1   Tso 2,610 0.9    
14 USA Appalachia   11-Feb-89 13-Feb-89 3 7 17,000   Heavy rain                   1   TsoCp 31,250 1.9    
128 Namibia Southern Namibia   8-Feb-89 12-Feb-89 5 6     Heavy rain                   1     124,200 5.7    
12 Mexico Nuevo Leon San Rafael 5-Feb-89 8-Feb-89 4     Heavy rain                   1   Tso 375 0.3    
11 Zambia Lusaka, Chawama, Chilanga, Kanyama, Makeni   1-Feb-89 10-Feb-89 10 8 20,000  $             500,000 Heavy rain                 11               1   Tsu 4,550 1.6    
10 Caribbean, USA     1-Feb-89 2-Feb-89 2 7 4,000  $           2,600,000 Brief torrential rain                   1 3,000 Tpo 25,070 1.1    
9 Yugoslavia Bosnia   26-Jan-89 2-Feb-89 8 72 500,000  $           4,340,000 Heavy rain                   1   CpSe* 40,950 4.2    
127 Phillipines Luzon - Manila, Bicol, Sorsogan
Samar - Eastern and Northern Samar
Leyte - Southern Leyte
  25-Jan-89 8-Feb-89 15 72 551,051  $           4,340,000 Monsoonal rain                   1     35,390 5.1    
8 Spain Valencia   25-Jan-89 1-Feb-89 8                           1   TsuCs 6,650 1.7    
7 Portugal Lisbon   22-Jan-89 10-Feb-89 20 2 20,000   Heavy rain                 11               1   TsuCs 3,130 1.7    
125 Indonesia Sumatra - Bengkulu, Riau   17-Jan-89 27-Jan-89 11 35 137,000   Tropical cyclone Heavy rain                 1     68,880 6.3   Flooding and landslides.  Hundreds of hectares of rice paddies destroyed, many roads and bridges washed away, thousands of livestock lost.
6 England     15-Jan-89 25-Jan-89 11 35 14,000  $             341,200 Heavy rain                   1 7,000 C* 840 0.7   Flooding and landslides.
4 Scotland Inverness Ness 14-Jan-89 17-Jan-89 4 0 3,000   Heavy rain                   1   C* 1,310 0.5   Power was disrupted to 2,000 homes.
104 New Caledonia - Cyclone Delilah Outer Loyaute Islands - Ouvea, Mare, Lifou
Ile des Pins
  2-Jan-89 8-Jan-89 7 196 532,000  $       350,000,000 Tropical cyclone                   1 936,000 Tso 18,850 2.7   Fruit plantations ravaged.
154 Venezuela mountains north of Caracas along the Caribbean   1-Jan-89 8-Jan-89 8 8 553   Heavy rain                   1     520 0.5   Flooding and mudslides.  126 houses destroyed and 247 severely damaged.
1 South Africa Natal   1-Jan-89 2-Jan-89 2 2     Tropical cyclone                   1   Tsu 2,100 0.3    
Yearly Totals or Averages:           9 9838   8,620,018  $    1,673,442,200          21,036,521     12,033,005
An archive number is assigned to any flood that appears to be "large": significant damage to structures or agriculture, long intervals since the last similar event, and/or fatalities
*Severity Class
Class 1: large flood events: significant damage to structures or agriculture; fatalities; and/or 1-2 decades-long reported interval since the last similar event. 
Class 2: very large events: greater than 20 yr but less than 100 year recurrence interval, and/or a local recurrence interval of at 10-20 yr.
Class 3: Extreme events: with an estimated recurrence interval greater than 100 years
**Flood Magnitude = ln(duration) * severity class * sqrt(affected region)/100 {if duration=1, then duration is set at 1.1 for this calculation.}
*** Available on request
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Causes
1 Heavy rain
2 Tropical cyclone
3 Extra-tropical cyclone
4 Monsoonal rain
5 Snowmelt
6 Rain and snowmelt
7 Ice jam/break-up
8 Dam/Levy, break or release
9 Brief torrential rain
10 Tidal surge
11 Avalanche related