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Deadly Flooding in Myanmar Leaves Nine Dead

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Deadly flooding in the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar has left at least nine people dead and thousands of structures destroyed.

The Sagaing and Kachin states in the north and northwest of the country have been most impacted, with 12,000 homes damaged there, according to the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Rainfall of up to nearly eight inches was recorded in northern Myanmar for the highest rainfall there in decades.

The annual monsoonal rains are being blamed as the source of the rainfall. The monsoon, a reversal of local winds that often lead to flooding but also serve as a critical source of rainfall for many areas, including the American Southwest, drew in moisture out of the Bay on Bengal and unleashed torrential rainfall on the nation’s northwest side. Myanmar’s monsoon season typically goes from May until October during the summer when high pressure forms over warmer land, drawing in the moisture out of the south.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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