Mumbai rains: Is India’s weather becoming more extreme?

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Mumbai rains: Is India’s weather becoming more extreme?

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A UN report has estimated that in the decade 2006 to 2015 there were 90 severe floods with the loss of almost 16,000 lives. In the previous decade there were 67 floods with the loss of around 13,600 lives. Image credit: Getty Images

India relies on the heavy rains of the annual monsoon season for most of its water needs.

The rains arrive in different parts of the country at different times and, if they are early or late, with devastating consequences for farmers. If they are unusually heavy, built-up areas can face severe disruption.

In recent days, Mumbai has been particularly badly affected, with at least 30 flood-related deaths, and the city’s top civic official says its infrastructure has not been able to cope with the erratic rainfall patterns…


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