China: Floods - Jun 2009
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Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection
Good morning Mr. Chairman, Senator Corker and Members of Subcommittee.
Floods swept across southern China and northern Vietnam in the wake of several days of extreme rain in early July 2009. This image, based on data collected by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, shows rainfall anomalies for the week of June 29 through July 5, 2009. Blue indicates regions where rainfall was much heavier than average, while brown indicates that less rain fell than average.