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Lower rainfall for South Asia this year: report

KATHMANDU, May 30 (Bernama) -- As the monsoon season begins in June, the entire South Asian region is likely to record low rainfall due to the impact of climate change.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), South Asian Climate Outlook Forum held in Bangladesh last month predicted rainfall to be below normal in South Asia during this year's monsoon.

The season begins in June and ends in September in the region including Nepal.

"The consensus was developed through an expert assessment of the prevailing global climate conditions and forecasts from different climate models from around the world," the ICIMOD said in a statement.

It said experts in the Forum had also concluded that weak El Nino/Southern Oscillation conditions prevailing over the Pacific Ocean might continue during the southwest monsoon season.



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