This year’s monsoon season is causing havoc across Asia, here is a summary.
India and Nepal: nearly four million people in India’s northeastern state of Assam and neighbouring Nepal have been displaced by heavy flooding from monsoon rains, with dozens missing as deaths rose to at least 189, government officials said on Sunday (Jul 19). https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/india-nepal-floods-displace-4-million-12944860
China: China on Sunday (Jul 19) raised the flood alert level in the Huai River region in the country’s east to Level II from Level III, the second-highest on its four-tier scale, after days of torrential downpours and amid expectations of further heavy rainfall.
Ten reservoirs on the Huai River have seen water levels exceeding warning levels by as much as 6.85m, according to the Huaihe River Commission of China’s Ministry of Water Resources.
The 1,000km Huai River flows through major agriculture and manufacturing hubs in Henan, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces. Torrential rains have battered China for two weeks from Chongqing in the southwest to Shanghai on the east coast. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-flood-alert-huai-river-12944830
Indonesia: Rescuers pulled bodies from under mud and debris Friday (Jul 17) as they raced to find dozens still missing after flash floods killed at least 36 people on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.
More than 14,000 people left homeless by the disaster have taken refuge at temporary shelters in hard-hit North Luwu Regency, with the country’s search and rescue agency hunting for 66 people still unaccounted for.
Several rivers burst their banks after torrential rains pounded the region on Monday, sparking the deadly flash floods. On Friday, officials said at least 36 people had died in the disaster, following the retrieval of more bodies.
Japan: Japanese emergency services and troops were scrambling on Thursday (Jul 9) to reach thousands of homes cut off by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage.
Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said on Thursday more than 3,000 households were isolated, either by rising floodwater or roads destroyed by landslides, mostly in the hardest-hit southwestern region of Kumamoto where fresh downpours were forecast.
The rain front started in the southwest in the early hours of Saturday and has since cut a swathe of destruction across Japan, dumping record amounts of rain and causing swollen rivers to break their banks. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/india-nepal-floods-displace-4-million-12944860