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Flooding In Asia Worst Ever?

Today's rainfall in Asia.

Today's rainfall in Asia. Intellicast, Weather Services International hide caption

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Reinsurance company, Aon Benfield, seems to think so.

July's natural catastrophe experience was dominated by a series of global flood events which caused huge amounts of destruction, and for which relief efforts are still ongoing. Some of the most widespread flooding was experienced in Asia...monsoonal rain (in Pakistan) resulted in flash flooding and landslides, killing at least 1,500 people in the country’s worst flooding since 1929.

People wait to cross a flooded road in Bannu, Pakistan.

People wait to cross a flooded road in Bannu, Pakistan. Ijaz Mohammad/AP hide caption

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Two workers clean up trash along the river bank near the Three Gorges Dam. STR/AFP hide caption

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It's getting worse in Pakistan. The World Health Organization is warning of disease, such as cholera. A UNICEF responder says he's never seen anything like this. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports the World Food Program believes 2 million Pakistanis will need help with food for at least the next month.

In China, 1,000 are feared dead from heavy rain and flooding. The Songhua River has surged above its banks, weakening dams and overfilling reservoirs to dangerous levels. So much trash has piled up at the Three Gorges Dam the locks could get stuck. China's Meteorological Agency predicts three more days of record rainfall. China Daily reports forecasters expect flooding in northeast China, along the border with North Korea.



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