Natural disasters in Sweden
Sweden has been greatly affected by natural disasters, including
Erwin was a powerful storm which hit Denmark and Sweden on 8 January 2005. The name Erwin was chosen by the German Weather Service, while the storm was named Gudrun by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Sustained wind speeds of 126 km/h with wind gusts of 165 km/h were measured in Hanstholm, Denmark - the same strength as a Category 1 hurricane. At least 17 people died in the storm. The storm caused a lot of financial damage in Sweden, where the forest industry suffered greatly from damaged trees, as more than 7,500,000 cubic metres of trees were blown down in southern Sweden. This resulted in Sweden at the time having the world's largest storage of lumber, and got visited by enthusiasts from all over the world because of the overwhelming stock sites. This was a huge blow to the lumber industry and the government had to pay out enormous insurance money to the victims. About 341,000 homes lost power in Sweden and several thousand of these were without power for many days and even weeks in some cases, as about 10,000 homes were still without power after three weeks. The death toll in Sweden was seven victims, while four were killed in Denmark.
- A 9-year-old boy in Motala died after a tree fell on him at around midday on 14 January.
- A 24-year-old truck driver was killed in Ullared when his truck was hit by a tree, 14 January.
- A 61-year-old man died in Malmo harbor in an accident due to the storm, 14 January.
- Two more men died on January 15 when working in the woods in the aftermath of the storm.
If you are in this area and need to contact the emergency services you can call 112