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01 November 2010

Asia Update #1

The biggest event of the past week in Asia has been the rainfall in Thailand, at least 100 people are reported dead as a result of flooding. This is associated with the same season long precipitation that has been causing problems across northern Cambodia, southern Laos and central Vietnam.  Although the area has not received as much heavy rainfall recently, the ground remains saturated with only light amounts of rainfall needed to cause widespread flooding.

Despite rainfall being below normal across South and Southeast Asia, moderate rainfall across northeastern Thailand has triggered some of the worst flooding in the region in decades. More than 100 people are believed to be dead as a result of the excessive moisture the region has received throughout the wet season this year.

In India, the monsoon has pulled out reasonably close to on-time based on the climatology at IMD, however the past week in Tamil Nadu and Kerala as well as across Sri Lanka has been dry. This area normally continues to receive rainfall this time of year and it appears that this week is an anomaly as moisture is likely to return to both southern India and Sri Lanka over the next several days.

In Central Asia precipitation is beginning to return to the region, with light rainfall possible during the next week in the highest elevations of Afghanistan and also possible in southern Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

In Western Asia, the desert areas remain dry, with some rainfall across both Iran and Turkey. That rainfall is likely to persist into next week.

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