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Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts early Wednesday, north of Barstow, California July 1, 2015. Picture taken using long exposure

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Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts early Wednesday, north of Barstow, California

Flood victims watch from the windows of a hotel as Kashmiri volunteers try to get relief material across to them in the city center of Srinagar, India, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.  Flash floods have killed hundreds, washed away crops, damaged tens of thousands of homes and affected over a million people since Sept. 3, when heavy monsoon rains lashed Pakistan's eastern Punjab province and the Kashmir region, claimed by both India and Pakistan.

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Flood victims watch from the windows of a hotel as Kashmiri volunteers try to get relief material across to them in the city centre of Srinagar, India

A Pakistani girl leaves her flooded VILLAGE in Jhang, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Pakistani troops used helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of marooned people from the country s plains where raging monsoon floods inundated more villages Thursday, officials said.

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A Pakistani girl leaves her flooded village in Jhang, Pakistan. Pakistani troops used helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of marooned people from the countrys plains where raging monsoon floods inundated more villages on Thursday

Local residents ride a boat on a flooded road overflown by the Bago river at a low-lying part in Bago, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.   Flooding is common during Myanmar's monsoon season, which typically starts in late May and ends in mid-October.

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Local residents ride a boat on a flooded road overflown by the Bago river at a low-lying part in Bago, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Yangon, Myanmar

Indians enjoy getting splashed by breaking waves during high tide at the sea front in Mumbai on July 14, 2014. The monsoon rains, which usually hit India from June to September, are crucial for farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people.

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A group of youngsters enjoy getting splashed by breaking waves during high tide on the seafront in Mumbai, India, on Monday

A monsoon lightning storm strikes over the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino and Luxor hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada late July 7, 2014. Monsoon storms are forecast for the the rest of the week in the Nevada and Arizona states.  The Luxor Sky Beam can be seen shining into the sky from the top of the hotel's pyramid structure.

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A monsoon lightning storm strikes over the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Monsoon storms are forecast for the rest of the week in Nevada and neighbouring Arizona.

Indian commuters make their way through  a heavy downpour in Amritsar on June 25, 2014. Rain fell in several areas of northern India, bringing down temperatures in the region as the monsoon season approaches.

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Indian commuters make their way through a heavy downpour in Amritsar on Wednesday. Rain fell in several areas of northern India, bringing down temperatures in the region as the monsoon season approaches.

A fisherman arranges his fishing net at a beach against the backdrop of pre-monsoon clouds in Kochi...A fisherman arranges his fishing net at a beach against the backdrop of pre-monsoon clouds in the southern Indian city of Kochi June 5, 2014. India's southern coast could witness the arrival of this year's monsoon in the next day or so after sporadic rains in recent days heralded the arrival of the wet season that is crucial to farmers in Asia's third-largest economy. REUTERS/Sivaram V. (INDIA - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS)

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A fisherman arranges his net at a beach against the backdrop of pre-monsoon clouds in the southern Indian city of Kochi. India‘s southern coast is expected to witness the arrival of this year’s monsoon in the next day or so after sporadic rains in recent days heralded the arrival of the wet season that is crucial to farmers in Asia’s third-largest economy

Pakistani patients, suffering from the mosquito-borne disease, dengue fever, lay in beds covered with nets at an isolation ward of a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. Dengue, a flu-like illness, is spread by the Aedes mosquito and spikes during the annual monsoons in Pakistan, when the rains leave puddles of stagnant water where the insects breed.

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Patients suffering from the mosquito-borne dengue fever in an isolation ward at a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The disease is particularly prevalent during the monsoon season

Rain clouds loom over the Brahmaputra ri...Rain clouds loom over the Brahmaputra river in Guwahati, capital of northeastern Assam state, on August 27, 2013. The monsoon season, which runs from June to September, accounts for about 80 percent of India's annual rainfall, vital for a farm economy which lacks adequate irrigation facilities. However, the flooding also causes hundreds of deaths and damage to infrastructure, homes and farms across India.  AFP PHOTO/ BIJU BOROBIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images

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Rain clouds loom over the Brahmaputra river in Guwahati, northeast India, on Tuesday. About 80 per cent of India’s annual rainfall falls during the monsoon season, which runs from June to September. The rains are vital for the agricultural economy but the flooding also causes hundreds of deaths and damage to infrastructure, homes and farms across India 

A girl, one of the thousands affected by flooding due to heavy rains exacerbated by Tropical Storm Trami, cries after a cup of congee she received slipped from her hands during a food distribution in Marikina, east of Manila on August 21, 2013, as rains pounded the capital city for the third day.  Heavy rain pounded the Philippine capital and surrounding areas for a third day August 21, adding to the misery of nearly 300,0000 exhausted people displaced from their flooded homes.

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A young girl is distressed after a cup of congee (rice porridge) she received during a food distribution in Marikina, east of Manila, slipped from her hands. The girl is one of the thousands of people affected by flooding brought on by tropical storm Trami, which has been pounding the Philippine capital for a third day on Wednesday

Residents wade through a flooded street in Manila on August 20, 2013. Flood-battered residents of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas appealed for help on August 20 as relentless monsoon rains, which have claimed at least seven lives, submerged more than half of Manila.

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Residents wade through a flooded street in Manila. Flooded residents of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas appealed for help on Tuesday as relentless monsoon rains, which have claimed at least seven lives, submerged more than half of Manila.

Workers wade through floodwaters caused by monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, in Kawit town of Cavite city

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Workers wade through floodwaters caused by monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, in Kawit, Cavite province, south of Manila, on Monday. Heavy rain in the Philippine capital forced the closure of government offices, schools, banks and most private companies on Monday, and residents in parts of the city and nearby provinces had to flee from their homes because of floods.

Indian commuters make their way through a downpour in Amritsar on August 12, 2013. T he monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September and usually brings flooding, accounts for about 80 percent of India's annual rainfall.

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Indian commuters make their way through a downpour in Amritsar on Monday. The monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September and usually brings flooding, accounts for about 80 per cent of India’s annual rainfall

An Indian woman adjusts her sari after she got wet in the monsoon rains in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. India's monsoon season, which runs from June through September, brings rains that are vital to agriculture. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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An Indian woman adjusts her sari after getting wet in the monsoon rains in New Delhi, India on Wednesday. India’s monsoon season, which runs from June to September, brings rains that are vital to agriculture. 

An Indian youth dangles from a power lin...An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad on August 6, 2013. The monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September and usually brings flooding, accounts for about 80 percent of India's annual rainfall. AFP PHOTO/ SANJAY KANOJIASanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

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An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad, which has been swollen by the monsoon.

Indians huddle together under an umbrella as they cross a road during heavy downpour in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

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People huddle together under a large umbrella as they try to shelter themselves against a heavy downpour in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday

A man pushes his bicycle though a flooded road during monsoon rains in Mumbai July 12, 2013. India's monsoon rains were 5 percent below average in the week ending July 10, data from the weather office showed on Thursday, in a brief pull back for the four-month long rainy season that began in June with heavy early rainfall.

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A man pushes his bicycle along a flooded road during monsoon rains in Mumbai, India. The rainfall was 5 per cent below average in the week to Wednesday, in contrast to the start of the four-month-long rainy season, which began in June with heavy downpours.

Indian farmer girls stand in the rain in a rice field at Uruwa village, about 50 kilometers (44 miles) South of Allahabad, India, India, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. The annual monsoon rains which usually hit India from June to September are crucial for farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people.

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Farm girls stand in the rain in a rice field in Uruwa, a village about 50km south of Allahabad, India, on Wednesday. The monsoon rains that usually hit India from June to September are crucial for farmers, whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people.

Nepal rice planting season starts...epa03760821 A group of Nepalese farmers return home carrying their belongings after planting rice in a field at the beginning of the monsoon season in Jitpur village, on the outskirts of capital Kathmandu, Nepal, 26 June 2013. Nepal will be celebrating National Paddy Day on 29 June 2013. On this day, known as Asar Pandra, farmers begin the annual rice planting season and mark the day with various festivities such as preparing rice meals with muddy water, mud being a symbol for a prosperous season. The agricultural sector contributes about 60 per cent to Nepal's gross domestic product.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA

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A group of Nepalese farmers return home carrying their belongings after planting rice in a field at the beginning of the monsoon season in Jitpur village, on the outskirts of capital Kathmandu on Wednesday. Nepal will be celebrating National Paddy Day on June 29 2013. On this day, known as Asar Pandra, farmers begin the annual rice planting season and mark the day with various festivities such as preparing rice meals with muddy water, mud being a symbol for a prosperous season. The agricultural sector contributes about 60 per cent to Nepal’s gross domestic product.