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Villagers travel by boat in floodwaters in Assam state, northeast India, Aug. 15, 2017 (AP photo by Anupam Nath).

Finding Links Between the Flooding in Texas and South Asia

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

Americans have been riveted to the tales of tragedy and human suffering caused by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Half a world away, monsoon season flooding at even more epic levels has resulted in great loss of life, property damage and health challenges for communities in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. The economics and cultural dimensions of the two cases are profoundly different, but the acute policy and governance demands related to climate and resilience are not that dissimilar.

Monsoons in South Asia often produce heart-wrenching images of water-engulfed villages and desperate families seeking shelter and food. Unlike Harvey’s victims, their struggles rarely capture the attention of the rest of the world for more than a day or two. ...

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