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26 May 2016 description

Background

El Niño is an abnormal weather pattern caused when warm water from the western Pacific Ocean flows eastward. It results from variations in ocean temperatures in the Pacific around the equator and occurs on average every two to seven years. Cambodia is currently experiencing the effects of an El Niño event, which includes significantly less rainfall patterns, warmer weather and delayed or shorter monsoon rains. The 2015-16 El Niño is projected to be the worst on record in recent years, or of a similar scale to that of 1997-98.