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Monsoon Geopolitics: The Urgency of Emerging Humanitarian Operations in Myanmar

Cyclone_Mahasen_TRMM_rainfall_estimateThis is a cross-post from Nicholas Burke at Melting Glacier Analytics.

In the coming weeks, an atmospheric river may be flowing over the Bay of Bengal, and the implications could be nothing short of historic.

Late May and early June marks the beginning of Myanmar’s annual monsoon season. Last year, extreme monsoonal rainfall patterns were cited by Myanmar’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology as being linked to climate change. Excessive rainfall from the monsoon’s offshore low extended inland an additional 300 miles more than usual, resulting in severe flooding and the internal displacement of tens of thousands of people. (more…)

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