Tag Archives: monsoon rains

Giant Snails’ Century-Old Shells Recorded Monsoon Rainfall

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The giant African land snail can grow larger than the size of an adult human hand, as seen here. The species, which has invaded habitats in many parts of the world, may help scientists retrace the rainfall history of monsoons across the Indian subcontinent. Credit: Paul Brown/Rex Features via Associated Press

Researchers explored past precipitation in India using shells from very large land snails collected there in 1918 and preserved in a British museum

September 25, 2017 — The shells of a large, invasive snail in India can provide exceptionally fine grained records of past precipitation in the region, a new study finds. By measuring isotope ratios in shells from some of these snails from as long ago as 1918, the researchers have demonstrated that they could reconstruct the subseasonal rainfall rate of past monsoon seasons. Continue reading Giant Snails’ Century-Old Shells Recorded Monsoon Rainfall

Heavy rain triggers floods in Bacolod

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HEAVY RAIN. Bacolod experiences some flooding caused by heavy rain on Friday, September 22, 2017. Photo by Charles Hilado from Facebook.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia says the heavy downpour since Friday afternoon have caused waist-high floods in some barangays

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 23, 2017) — Heavy rain due to the southwest monsoon hit Bacolod City on Friday night, September 22. Continue reading Heavy rain triggers floods in Bacolod

6 die in mudslide, plane stuck as heavy rain lashes parts of India

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Authorities in the remote Himalayan state of Sikkim say the 6 died when their home was swept away by a landside following a monsoon deluge

MUMBAI, India (Sept. 21, 2017) — Six people were killed on Wednesday, September 20, in a landslide in northeast India, while heavy rain in the western city of Mumbai caused havoc after a plane skidded off the runway and became stuck in mud. Continue reading 6 die in mudslide, plane stuck as heavy rain lashes parts of India

At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

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MASSIVE FLOODING. Indian villagers attempt to cross floodwaters with the help of rope and empty canisters next to a washed away portion of a bridge at Palsa village in Purnia district in Bihar state on August 18, 2017. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Over a million people are forced to flee their homes due to the massive flooding

NEW DELHI, India (Aug. 21, 2017) — The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods Sunday, August 20, officials said. Continue reading At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

Heavy rain, landslides kill at least 134 in Bangladesh

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SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL. Bangladeshi firefighters search for bodies after a landslide in Rangamati on June 13, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Police warned the death toll would likely rise as emergency workers reached remote parts of the Chittagong Hills, where telephone and transport links had been cut

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Jun. 14, 2017) — Heavy monsoon rains and landslides have killed at least 134 people in southeast Bangladesh, burying many in their homes as they slept, authorities said Tuesday, June 13. Continue reading Heavy rain, landslides kill at least 134 in Bangladesh

La Mesa Dam still on red alert

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As monsoon rains persist, the La Mesa Dam nears its spilling level

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 14, 2016) — The La Mesa Dam in Quezon City remains on red alert as of Sunday, August 14.  Continue reading La Mesa Dam still on red alert

PAGASA, Brace for rains for 5 more days

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FLOODED. Monsoon rains trigger waist-deep flooding along AFP Road in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City on August 13, 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

‘Walang tigil. Matagal-tagal pa tayong magtitiis,’ forecaster Aldczar Aurelio tells residents of Luzon and Western Visayas

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 13, 2016) — State weather bureau PAGASA warned Luzon and Western Visayas to brace for more heavy rains in the next 5 days.  Continue reading PAGASA, Brace for rains for 5 more days