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A Flood of Flood Reports: A global list of recent events

Mandakini-left-bank-broken-bridge-rudraprayag-sangam-gIn the past few weeks, we’ve noticed an unusual number of articles about significant flood events that are occurring, or have recently occurred, around the world.  Though it is far too soon to determine whether or not these floods are associated with climate change, projections for global rainfall variability suggest that more extreme and unpredictable flooding is likely in our future. The first step in preparing for such a future is recognizing and calling attention to these extreme events, and their real human security implications. Such reports are easily lost in the shuffle of the daily news cycle, so we’ve compiled a comprehensive list below. (more…)

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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