Months after the UN-led Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted that extreme weather events will become frequent and more intense, countries across the world are facing the consequences. From biblical floods in Pakistan to the submergence of cities in Australia, climate change is leading to widespread problems.
Here’s what’s happening across the world
- Thousands of Australians on Monday returned to homes and businesses to assess flood damage even as evacuation warnings remained in inland regions of the southeast and authorities warned of more rain ahead which could trigger renewed flooding. Major flood warnings are in place across many regions despite little rainfall over the weekend.
- A prolonged drought in the vast Central African country was followed by the heaviest rainy season in over 30 years this year, leaving large areas, including parts of the capital N’Djamena, navigable only by boat. Thousands have fled their homes. In recent years, intense rainfall, land degradation, and poor urban planning have led to more frequent flood disasters in the region.
- Thailand issued flash flood warnings for eight southern provinces on Monday ahead of more rain expected this week. Nearly 40 per cent of the country’s provinces are still inundated and dealing with flood waters. Heavy rain and tropical storms since last month have caused flooding in 59 of Thailand’s 77 provinces, impacting 450,000 homes.
- A tropical storm that made landfall early on Sunday in the northern Philippines intensified into a typhoon. Nearly a thousand people were preemptively evacuated to safer ground, according to the disaster monitoring agency.
- A tropical storm that made landfall early on Sunday in the northern Philippines intensified into a typhoon. Nearly a thousand people were preemptively evacuated to safer ground, according to the disaster monitoring agency. Nesat, packing winds of 120 kilometers per hour may further intensify while moving towards the South China Sea.
- The remnants of Tropical Storm Karl dissipated along Mexico’s southern Gulf coast as heavy rains caused some rivers and streams to flood and at least one person dead. Mexico’s National Water Commission had warned that “the rains forecast could cause mudslides, rising levels in rivers and streams, and flooding in low-lying areas.”