The Boston Globe:March 8, 1999: Earthweek:The worst flooding in Brazil this decade claimed 27 lives and left 10,000 homeless in Sao Paulo. Days of torrential rainstorms left the city indundated. The city's slums were hardest hit, with hundreds of homes ruined by mudslides and flash floods.
The Boston Globe: March 8, 1999: Earthweek:The Pacific island nation of Kiribati declared a state of emergency following a prolonged drought that has nearly exhausted the country's freshwater supplies. The dry weather has transformed the island nation into a chain of dustbowls, making the former British protectorate's 81,000 inhabitants prone to airborne diseases.