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May 9, 2016 @ 4:12

El Niño dries up Asia as its stormy sister La Niña looms

TEMERLOH, Malaysia—Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Niño have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Niña.

The current El Niño which began last year has been one of the strongest ever, leaving the Mekong River at its lowest level in decades, causing food-related unrest in the Philippines, and smothering vast regions in a months-long heat wave often topping 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

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