Environmental News from India:
Assam is currently in the throes of devastating floods. But data shows that large parts of the same state were recently stricken with drought. It took just a week for the situation to change from drought to deluge, a classic case of how climate change is exacerbating extreme weather events.
Down To Earth analyzed the data compiled by the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar’s drought monitoring service. DTE found that till June 14, 2022, nine districts — Karbi Anglong, Morigaon, Darrang, Golaghat, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Barpeta, Nalbari, and Kamrup — were reeling under drought-like conditions.
But, within a week’s time, the situation on the ground took a 360-degree turn. By June 21, Assam had recorded 83 percent above average rainfall which comes under the large excess category, according to the Indian Meteorological Division. It was this incessant spell of rain in June that triggered the flooding of the Brahmaputra and other tributaries.
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