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Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria’s Devastating Rains

What It Looks Like In Mozambique As Recovery Continues A Month After Cyclone Idai Hit

Just over one month ago, Cyclone Idai barreled into southeastern Africa with high winds and heavy rains. And by the time it left, it had killed at least a thousand people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. It displaced many more. It destroyed homes and farms, and it brought cholera to waterlogged areas. The World Bank estimates recovery will cost more than $2 billion. Reporter Tendai Marima has been reporting from some of the hardest-hit places in Mozambique. She joins us now to talk about who she’s met and what she has seen…

 

Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria’s Devastating Rains

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Hurricane Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico, and climate change is partly to blame, according to a new study.

The worst rain fell in the mountainous central part of Puerto Rico, from the northwest to the southeast. That part of the island is rainy under normal conditions. In an average year, it gets more than 150 inches of rain.

When Maria hit in 2017, it dropped nearly a quarter of that annual rainfall in just one day.

In a paper published Tuesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, scientists at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and Sonoma State University in California analyzed rainfall from all 129 hurricanes that have affected Puerto Rico since reliable record keeping began in 1956…

 

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