Explained: Heavy rains in North India

By Rishabh Shrivastava

Social media is abuzz with scary visuals of flooding, landslide and overflowing rivers in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Delhi and some other parts of Northern India. The region is witnessing incessant rainfall. The monsoon rains have also swung from a 10% deficit to a surplus in the last eight days. Why and How? Is it climate change? Is it the weather gods? Is this a normal monsoon? Netizens are citing all types of crazy reasons and unverified information while discussing this issue. And, that’s why we are here!

As a part of our special fact-checking initiative, we take a deep dive and explain what has caused such heavy rains in the region, what is the science behind it, what all factors are responsible, key trends and some other important information. Why? Because we want you to engage in informed and credible discussion.

Rishabh is the Co-founder and Chief Editor at TA. He tweets at @Writer_Rishabh.

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