Once again, heavy rain has brought biblical flooding to Iraq and Saudi Arabia in the last few days.
Thundery rain dropped 127mm (5 inches) of rain onto the streets of Mosul, or one-third of the year’s expected rainfall in less than 24 hours. Same in Saudi Arabia.
In the town of Rabia, on the border with Syria, 187mm (7.4 inches) of rain was recorded on Wednesday.
This much or more fell further north in the hills and mountains of northern Syria and Turkey.
Video from Dahuk, Iraq on March 18, 2020:
This storm system also brought 20cm (7.9 inches) of fresh snow in the mountainous Turkish province of Hakkari.
This sort of rainfall creates landslides and flash floods. The result was thigh-deep flooding and boat rescue.
Heavy flash flooding in the city of Jizan, Saudi Arabia on March 19, 2020:
This powerful storm also fed the headwaters of the Tigris. With the Euphrates, further west, the Tigris is the irrigation supply of Iraq.
You now understand why this heavy rain, much of which fell on Tuesday night, brought fears of the destructive events of early spring of 2019.
Meanwhile the US flood season 2020 doesn’t look much better than that of 2019. Be prepared for heavy flooding. More floods news on Strange Sounds. [Al Jazeera]