Looks like Sri Lanka is getting drenched too. On The Weather Channel, they had 3 tropical storms running over norhern Australia. At the end of the line is Sri Lanka… The “voice over” said they had gotten a year of rain in a month.
Found that The Christian Science Monitor is still around, but in an online format. Ever hopeful for peace to come from trauma:
Floods displace 350,000
Now the floods have captured the attention of the nation, as well as international relief groups. The continued rains have prompted warnings from aid organizations that the situation will worsen. So far, 27 people have died and nearly 20,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. The Ministry of Disaster Management provided updates on its website.
The Sri Lankan military has been dispatched to help with rescue and relief operations. The Army says it has rescued more than 450 civilians as of Thursday and prevented the breach of several lake levies. Troops are also distributing food and building temporary shelters for displaced people, which now number more than 350,000.
The BBC has coverage and are pushing the “helpful UN” angle:
Thousands displaced by Sri Lanka floods to get UN help
The floods have been the worst to hit eastern Sri Lanka for several years
The World Food Programme (WFP) says it will provide emergency food assistance to flood affected people in Sri Lanka.
Nearly 8,000 houses were damaged by the latest wave of the floods caused by heavy rains and about 70,000 people are now being housed in emergency relief camps.
Authorities say at least 16 people were killed during the last two weeks.
The government says the military used helicopters to airdrop dry rations to flood-affected people in Batticaloa, one of the worst hit districts.
The WFP said in a statement that it is to provide food assistance worth 55m rupees ($0.5m or £0.32m) to 400,000 flood affected people in the east.
Sri Lanka Air Force helicopters already rescued 46 persons including a pregnant woman from Batticaloa district, the defence ministry said in a statement.
The government says that the army has deployed over 1,000 troops to help the flood relief effort, while the navy has dispatched boats to rescue people in the worst affected areas in central and eastern Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s two monsoon seasons begin in May and December.
So we continue to have the pattern of a lot of ocean heat leaving as water vapor, dumping to the sky at altitude, and the water returning as rain. That is a clear demonstration of large heat flows out of the ocean.
The Pacific ocean continues to have a cold center, and the Arctic is continuing to dump freezing air into Europe, Russia, and North America.
This is cooling, not “the warmest year ever”.
I’ve not been able to find a current “total rainfall” map nor an anomaly map for Sri Lanka on line. If you know of one, please post a link.