Intense Rain Floods China and Vietnam – Rainfall Anomaly Shown by Satellite Data

Floods swept across southern China and northern Vietnam in the wake of several days of extreme rain in early July 2009. Although southern China and Vietnam are prone to flooding during the annual summer rainy season, the first week of July 2009 brought unusually heavy rain. The rains caused widespread flooding and landslides that left 75 people dead and 938,000 homeless in China as of July 5, reported China’s Xinhua news. In Vietnam, at least 22 people died, said the AFP news service. More rain was forecast in both countries.
An image, based on data collected by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, shows rainfall anomalies for the week of June 29 through July 5, 2009. (Source: reliefweb)

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