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Vol. 8, No. 3 July - September 2002

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Climate Surprises of the Current Monsoon Season in Asia

Climate surprises baffle many and this year is no exception. Droughts themselves are not surprising, but consecutive seasons of drought are unexpected events. For regions expecting heavy rains, to be faced with a drought is a surprise. And when a drought is suddenly broken by flooding, it is a surprise indeed. Here are some climate surprises witnessed this year.

Country Region Impact Period
Bangladesh Northeastern Bangladesh Floods June-September


Southern Cambodia Droughts May-July
Along the Mekong River Floods August


Northwest Gujarat Floods June
Northern India: Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi

Central India: Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh

Western India: Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra

Eastern States

Southern India: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu

Droughts July-August


West Java Floods February
  Droughts June
Lao PDR Northeastern parts of Lao PDR, Vientiane Municipality Floods Late August
Mongolia 70% of the country Droughts, forest fires July-August
Myanmar Southeastern Myanmar Floods August
Nepal Central & Eastern Nepal Floods, landslides June-August


Southern Sindh, Southwestern Baluchistan Severe droughts January-May
Northwestern Pakistan Flash floods August
Philippines Low-lying areas of Mindanao Floods January-February, June-July
Sri Lanka Southern Sri Lanka, Hambantota District Droughts July-August
Thailand Northern & Central Thailand Floods August-September




Central Highlands, Central & Southern Vietnam Droughts Early 2002
Northern Mountainous Provinces Flash floods Late May
Quang Binh to Binh Thuan, Central Highlands Droughts June-July
Northern Vietnam Floods Late July-August

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