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GIEWS Update-detail
Southeast Asia: Drought and Onset of the 2005 Rainy Season

12 May 2005 Update
After violent rain and hailstorms in parts of Thailand, highly beneficial showers throughout northern and eastern provinces eased prolonged dryness and increased moisture supplies for rice transplanting. Dry weather prevailed throughout most of the southern half of Thailand, where moisture conditions continued to be favorable for vegetative corn. In Cambodia, the Government’s chief meteorologist has pronounced the official –and early-- beginning of this year’s wet season. In Vietnam, after what is considered the worst drought in 30 years, rainfall has started sporadically. Drier-than-normal weather continued in the northern and central islands of the Philippines, stressing moisture supplies for wet- season rice transplanting but providing favorable harvest conditions for dry-season rice. Monsoon showers were concentrated in Mindanao and are slowly progressing northward in the Philippines. In Indonesia, unseasonably heavy showers throughout Java slowed main-season rice harvesting. More seasonable showers in Sumatra and Malaysia maintained moisture supplies for oil palm.

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