South Asia Rainfall Up 50%

floods in pakistanAccording to Richard Angwin, Meteorologist, this is not a typical monsoon season. It might be obvious to say this in light of all the recent floods in South and South East Asia. The list is almost endless, but includes severe floods in the Philippines, Thailand, Burma / Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam in the South East Asia region, as well as terrible floods in Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan and in various regions of India, in particular Bihar, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and of course Uttarakhand. FloodList has reported on flooding in all of these countries and regions in the last 6 weeks or so.

Richard Angwin is a meteorologist with Al Jazeera. When asked to comment of the recent flooding in Burma, he offered some interesting views on the wider issue of the current spate of floods across Asia. In the article here, he told Al Jazeera that rain levels in south Asia during this year’s monsoon stand at 50% higher than typical rain levels.

“If the rainfall being reported in neighbouring Thailand is anything to go by, this is not a typical monsoon season (my emphasis). Across much of South Asia this year’s rains have been up by as much as 50 percent compared with a typical year. With the dry season not expected to return until late October, Myanmar could be in for several months of disruptive weather.”

Source: Al Jazeera