There has been a lot of flooding over the past few weeks in Afghanistan as temperatures continue to rise and the snow pack melts. As happens every year, there have been fatalities associated with the annual melt and flood. Everything I have seen is showing that there was enough snow beforehand to support a good agricultural season nationwide, although the melting did take place rather quickly. This may have strained an already poor infrastructure that attempts to catch and use the melt water for irrigation purposes.
Despite receiving some good rainfall last week, southern China remains in a season-long drought. This continues to threaten global food prices as China is a major supplier of the worldwide demand for wheat. The failure of the crop will significantly restrict the amount of wheat on the world market and prices are set to rise.
Heavy rains continue to pound Philippines, causing flooding. The worst of the flooding has stayed away from Manila, and Luzon. Seasonal rains continue to surge northward on the mainland bringing early season rain to Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
In the Middle East, a seasonable dry week across most areas. Some light rain is possible next week in Turkey and Syria.