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 centre of Srinagar, India
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
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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
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 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 Wednesday. Rain fell in several areas of northern India, bringing down temperatures in the region as the monsoon season approaches.
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
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 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 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. 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, 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 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 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.
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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.
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 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.
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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.
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.