Sunday, March 09, 2008

Central Asia: Severe Flooding Expected After Harsh Winter

By Bruce Pannier
After a winter many are calling the worst in nearly four decades, Central Asians are dreaming of spring. But the warm weather's arrival this year will bring problems of its own, meteorologists say.
The below freezing temperatures have kept snow in the eastern mountains from melting and the area's reservoirs, which are now low, may soon be overflowing causing floods hundreds of kilometers away.
"Snow levels in regions below 2,500 meters are nearly 20 percent more than normal," Anvar Khomidov, the deputy head of Tajikistan's meteorological agency, told RFE/RL's Tajik Service.
"Usually temperatures rise quickly in these regions and the snow that we have will start to melt and the water level will rise in the rivers. If the temperature would rise quickly in April that certainly would lead to flooding."

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