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In Pictures: 2012 Asian Monsoon
Causing devastating floods in India's Assam and Bangladesh, and drought fears in other areas.
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2012 14:21

Japan, China, India and Bangladesh have all been badly hit by flooding in the past few weeks, thanks to the East Asian Monsoon and the Indian Southwest Monsoon.

Both monsoons usually bring some flooding, but this year the East Asian Monsoon has been very active. China and Japan have suffered badly. In Japan, some parts of the island of Kyushu reported over 500mm of rain in 24 hours, which according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, was the heaviest rain that the region has ever experienced.

For the majority of India, the monsoon has been more than 20 per cent below average. Many farmers are concerned that if the rains don't pick up soon, their crops will be ruined.

However, the monsoon over India is actually two different branches: one over the northeast and Bangladesh, and the other covers the rest of India. So whilst the monsoon over the bulk of India is below average, the rain over the northeast and Bangladesh has been torrential.

Widespread flooding has occurred across the northeastern states of Assam and West Bengal, as well as Bangladesh, and the rains continue to fall.

More flooding is inevitable before the monsoons retreat in September.


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A Japanese worker stands among the debris of a landslide after torrential rainfall in Aso City, Kumamoto prefecture on July 17.


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A huge clean-up operation is underway after record rainfall forced hundreds of thousands to flee and left at least 32 dead or missing.


STR/AFP/Getty Images
The rains have also caused widespread flooding in China.


DARLEY SHEN/REUTERS
The Yangtze River overflows near the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.


STR/AFP/Getty Images
The monsoon rains over India have been alarmingly below average this year, except for the northeastern states, which constitutes a separate branch of the monsoon.


STR/EPA
In the northeast, the mighty Brahmaputra river and its tributaries burst their banks, inundating many areas of India's Assam state.


STR/EPA
Local organizations in Sylhet, Bangladesh, distribute precious bags of food to the flood victims.


ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS
Away from the northeast, other parts of India have endured feeble rains so far this year, as the western monsoon has been weak.


STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images
The southwest monsoon is described as the "economic lifeline" of India, which is one of the world's leading producers of rice, sugar, wheat and cotton.


NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
The annual Hindu festival of Bonalu honours the Goddess Kali. Devotees believe offerings of food will ward off evils and epidemics during the monsoon season.


KRISHNENDU HALDER/REUTERS
In the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, locals take part in a prayer ritual believed to bring rain outside the Hindu Lord Shiva temple.



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Asian Monsoonhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoonen-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Tue, 17 Jul 2012 09:33:48 GMTTue, 17 Jul 2012 10:55:07 GMTFlooding hits Japanhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=05wa53ecM55lU

A worker stands among the debris of a landslide after torrential rainfall in Aso City, Kumamoto prefecture on 17 July 2012.

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:59:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=05wa53ecM55lUKAZUHIRO NOGIAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

A worker stands among the debris of a landslide after torrential rainfall in Aso City, Kumamoto prefecture on 17 July 2012.

Flooding hits Japan
Kyushu is the worst hithttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=07H44xad6s0ej

A huge clean-up operation is underway after record rainfall forced hundreds of thousands to flee and left at least 32 dead or missing.

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:02:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=07H44xad6s0ejKAZUHIRO NOGIAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

A huge clean-up operation is underway after record rainfall forced hundreds of thousands to flee and left at least 32 dead or missing.

Kyushu is the worst hit
China has also been suffering this yearhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0fsP5859Zv9eu

The rains have also caused widespread flooding in China.

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 08:48:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0fsP5859Zv9euSTRAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

The rains have also caused widespread flooding in China.

China has also been suffering this year
The Yangtze River burst its bankshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0eNu0LN3AG46y

The Yangtze River overflowed near the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.

Sun, 15 Jul 2012 15:19:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0eNu0LN3AG46yDARLEY SHENREUTERSReuters Pictures

The Yangtze River overflowed near the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.

The Yangtze River burst its banks
The monsoon brings flooding every yearhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0bvhcDVfayemK

In the southwest province of Sichuan, rescue workers evacuated residents from their homes.

Thu, 05 Jul 2012 11:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0bvhcDVfayemKSTRAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

In the southwest province of Sichuan, rescue workers evacuated residents from their homes.

The monsoon brings flooding every year
Floods also hit northeast Indiahttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0eRzaQ94a34wm

The monsoon rains over India have been alarmingly below average this year, except for the northeastern states.

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0eRzaQ94a34wmSTREPAEPA Images

The monsoon rains over India have been alarmingly below average this year, except for the northeastern states.

Floods also hit northeast India
Floods in Morigaon district of Assam state.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0eDY4fB03NcFn

In the northeast, the mighty Brahmaputra river and its tributaries burst their banks, inundating many areas of India's Assam state.

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 05:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0eDY4fB03NcFnSTREPAEPA Images

In the northeast, the mighty Brahmaputra river and its tributaries burst their banks, inundating many areas of India's Assam state.

Floods in Morigaon district of Assam state.
Bangladesh has also been floodedhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=02D19cm6ezah7

Local organizations in Sylhet, Bangladesh distribute precious bags of food to the flood victims.

Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=02D19cm6ezah7ANDREW BIRAJREUTERSReuters Pictures

Local organizations in Sylhet, Bangladesh distribute precious bags of food to the flood victims.

Bangladesh has also been flooded
Fog shrouds the northern hill town of Shimla http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=046hemb7hs5fK

Away from the northeast, other parts of India have endured feeble rains so far this year.

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 09:32:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=046hemb7hs5fKSTRDELAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Away from the northeast, other parts of India have endured feeble rains so far this year.

Fog shrouds the northern hill town of Shimla
The rains are vital for the farmershttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=03QJgSY45ZdyY

The southwest monsoon is described as the 'economic lifeline' of India, which is one of the world's leading producers of rice, sugar, wheat and cotton.

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=03QJgSY45ZdyYNARINDER NANUAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

The southwest monsoon is described as the 'economic lifeline' of India, which is one of the world's leading producers of rice, sugar, wheat and cotton.

The rains are vital for the farmers
The annual Hindu festival of Bonaluhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0cAlaAT3EYgN7

The annual Hindu festival of Bonalu honours the Goddess Kali. Devotees believe offerings of food will ward off evils and epidemics during the monsoon season.

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:37:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=0cAlaAT3EYgN7KRISHNENDU HALDERREUTERSReuters Pictures

The annual Hindu festival of Bonalu honours the Goddess Kali. Devotees believe offerings of food will ward off evils and epidemics during the monsoon season.

The annual Hindu festival of Bonalu
Celebrating the rainhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=09W99p643n32d

In Varanasi, the Indian pastoral community of Yadavs take water from the River Ganges to the Hindu Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, to thank the Gods for bringing rains in a time of drought.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 07:12:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=09W99p643n32dRajesh Kumar SinghAPAP Photo

In Varanasi, the Indian pastoral community of Yadavs take water from the River Ganges to the Hindu Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, to thank the Gods for bringing rains in a time of drought.

Celebrating the rain
Praying for rainhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=04ypgvr4Nzc0O

In the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, locals take part in a prayer ritual believed to bring rain outside the Hindu Lord Shiva temple.

Sun, 06 May 2012 12:20:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Asian-Monsoon?image_id=04ypgvr4Nzc0OSTRINGER/INDIAREUTERSReuters Pictures

In the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, locals take part in a prayer ritual believed to bring rain outside the Hindu Lord Shiva temple.

Praying for rain


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