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Global Weather: Asia Pummeled By Repeat Storms
Thursday, October 6th, 2011

What does Asia look like when it's under water?

It's not pretty.

Over the last four months, intensified monsoon rains and prolonged flooding, as well as a few typhoons and other storms have left more than 600 people dead or missing in Southeast Asia, China, Japan and South Asia, according to news reports.

In Thailand alone, at least 237 people have died from the worst flooding in decades. Three-quarters of the country has been hit by floods which have affected 2.6 million people.

Several studies suggest an intensification of the Asian summer monsoons is due to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, though some have also blamed poor water management in places like Thailand, where many say the dams are deficient.

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Global Weather - Asia hit by repeat storms: Heavy rain falls over the city of Bangkok at sunset during the monsoon season. Sept. 18, 2011.

(Nicolas Asfouri - AFP/Getty Images)
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Monsoon rains pour down as polo players rush off the field during an elephant polo game in Hua Hin, Thailand. Sept. 11, 2011.

(Paula Bronstein - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Thai worker pushes a trolley at a flooded market in a low-lying area of downtown Bangkok. Oct. 4, 2011.

(CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT - AFP/Getty Images)
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Workers build a flood wall in front of the Chao Phraya river at the Wat Chaiwattanaram temple in Ayutthaya. Sept. 14, 2011.

(NICOLAS ASFOURI - AFP/Getty Images)
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A resident wades through floodwater near the Chao Phraya river in Ayutthaya. Sept. 14, 2011.

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Nepalese residents are reflected in a pool of rainwater in Durbar Square in Bhaktapur, some 12 kilometres south-east of Kathmandu. Sept. 21, 2011.

(PRAKASH MATHEMA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents of a flood affected area in Calumpit, Bulacan, north of Manila evacuate at a covered court after a river swelled caused by rain brought by typhoon Nesat. September 28, 2011.

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A farmer carries newly harvested rice on a rice field hours prior the arrival of Typhoon Nesat in Thai Thuy district, northeastern province of Thai Binh on September 30, 2011.

(HOANG DINH NAM - AFP/Getty Images)
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A child carries a wet puppy on a flooded road in the farming town of Calumpit, north of Manila. Oct. 3, 2011.

(JAY DIRECTO - AFP/Getty Images)
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Rescue workers carry ducks as they help residents evacuate a flooded area during typhoon Nesat in San Mateo, Rizal, east of Manila. Sept. 27, 2011.

(NOEL CELIS - AFP/Getty Images)
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Rescue workers transport evacuees in a boat through floodwaters in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, in central Japan. Sept. 20, 2011.

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Local Muslim residents wade through floodwaters with the coffin of an elder who passed away (death not related to floods) near the Chao Phraya river in Ayutthaya. Sept. 14, 2011.

(NICOLAS ASFOURI - AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman on a makeshift boat navigates through flood water caused by Typhoon Nesat in Malabon, east of Manila. Sept. 29, 2011.

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Residents play in an inflatable pool in flood waters in the city of Candaba, Pampanga province after the Philippines' main island of Luzon was pummelled by Typhoon Nesat. Sept. 30, 2011.

(NOEL CELIS - AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents carry a pig down a flooded street during typhoon Nesat in San Mateo, Rizal, east of Manila. Sept. 27, 2011.

(NOEL CELIS - AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents make their way along a path in Haikou on southern China's Hainan island. Sept. 29, 2011.

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Stranded residents stand in a queue as wait to be evacuated in Candaba, Philippines. Sept. 30, 2011.

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Young boys displaced by Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae sit on metal grills at a school-turned-evacuation centre in Calumpit town north of Manila. Oct. 4, 2011.

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A child cries amongst debris from a community on Manila Bay in Navotas, part of Metro Manila. Sept. 29, 2011.

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Vehicles drive on a flooded road on in Beijing, China. Aug. 9, 2011. The thunderstorm hit Beijing city inundating streets and disrupting the traffic at the rush hour.

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Children salvage housing materials from a community on Manila Bay in Navotas, part of Metro Manila. Sept. 29, 2011.

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