Heavy Monsoon Rains Flood South Asia

Photo August 1-12, 2019, Source: Earth Observatory NASA

Several weeks of heavy monsoon rains in August 2019 swamped Burma (Myanmar) and southern and western India, unleashing destructive floods and landslides. Above-average monsoon rainfall caused rivers and streams to overflow their banks, while destabilizing hillsides in several regions.

The annual monsoon in south Asia typically has its greatest impact between July and September. India, for instance, receives roughly 70 percent of its annual rainfall from the monsoon. The rain is critical for replenishing freshwater supplies and for watering crops. But with at least 15 percent of the country prone to floods, the monsoon also leads to several thousand deaths each year.

Check out the video and maps of rainfall and flood condition in South Asia: HERE

Cover Picture | Earth Observatory NASA

​Source | Earth Observatory NASA

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