Friday, August 20, 2010

Oh, the Rains


The sun came out today for the first time in about a week. It's been perhaps the rainiest week so far in Uttarakhand with the media reporting torrential rains and blocked highways.

But it was much worse for the people of Leh, where a cloudburst saw the entire annual average rainfall (which is quite little in Leh, officially a cold desert) and more fall in a matter of hours.

In a way, you could say this year's monsoons have been good. Taken on an average, it will probably be above the Long-term Average. But it has, like always, been uneven. Some parts of Bihar have reported drought while parts like Leh and Punjab are flooded. Perhaps this shows how much we need to adapt to climate change.

A word of sympathy for my friends in Pakistan, which is almost entirely flooded right from Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa to Sindh. The Indian Government did the right thing by offering $5 mn in aid to the Pakistani Government. The world needs to come together and support Pakistan in this time of crisis.

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