RAIN CHECK

It’s not just Texas and Florida: 50 million people worldwide faced floods in the past month

The last few weeks have seen massive floods drench several corners of the world, upending the lives of tens of millions of people.

Across India and Bangladesh, deluges during the region’s monsoon season affected more than 40 million people, and are blamed for more than a thousand deaths. In North America and the Caribbean, a series of hurricanes over two weeks inundated areas from Texas to South Carolina with high water. And this week, the Philippines is being drenched and battered by Cyclone Maring.

The photos below, shot around the world between late August and early September, reveal a disturbingly common reality that may affect even more people in the future. Experts predict that some storms are likely to become even more fearsome, frequent and destructive with climate change.

An aireal view shows flooding and damage after hurricane Irma passed over Providenciales on the Turks and Caicos Islands
An airal view shows flooding and damage after hurricane Irma passed over Providenciales on the Turks and Caicos Islands, Sept. 11. (Cpl Darren Legg RLC/Ministry of Defence/Reuters)
APTOPIX Hurricane Irma South Carolina
Pedestrians walk by a flooded car on a street as Tropical Storm Irma hits Charleston, on Sept. 11 (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
APTOPIX Philippines Asia Storm
A resident swims beside a swollen creek as floodwaters continue to rise due to Tropical Depression Maring in Manila, Philippines on Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Philippines Asia Storm
A rescue boat checks the banks of a swollen river in Manila, Philippines on Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Huuricane Irma
An aerial view of Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 11. (DroneBase via AP)
Alyssa Delarosa, left, and Javier Gomez, right, walk down a street that was flooded after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Immokalee, Florida
Alyssa Delarosa, left, and Javier Gomez, right, walk down a street that was flooded after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Immokalee, Florida on Sept. 12. (Reuters/Stephen Yang)
People are rescued from a flooded village in Motihari
People are rescued from a flooded village in Motihari, Bihar State, India on Aug, 23. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)
A passenger bus moves through a water-logged road during rains in Mumbai
A passenger bus moves through a water-logged road during rains in Mumbai, India on Aug. 29. (Reuters/Shailesh Andrade)
A truck is seen turned over as Hurricane Irma passes south Florida, in Miami
A truck is seen turned over as Hurricane Irma passes through in Miami in Sept. 10. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)
People wade through a flooded street, after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Havana
People wade through a flooded street in Havana, Cuba on Sept. 10. (Reuters)
Residents wade with their belongings through flood waters brought by Tropical Storm Harvey in Northwest Houston
Residents wade with their belongings through flood waters brought by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas on Aug. 30. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)
Houses are seen partially submerged in flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in Northwest Houston
Houses are seen partially submerged in flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston on Aug. 30. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)
Houses are seen partially submerged in flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in Northwest Houston
Houses are seen partially submerged in flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston on Aug. 30. (Reuters/Adrees Latif)
Waves crash against the seafront boulevard El Malecon ahead of the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Havana
Waves crash against the seafront boulevard El Malecon in Havana, Cuba on Sept. 9. (Reuters)
A man takes a picture of floodwaters in Las Pinas, Metro Manila as a storm sweeps across the main Luzon island, Philippines
A man takes a picture of floodwaters in Las Pinas, Philippines on Sept. 12. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)
Residents wade along floodwaters in Quezon City, Metro Manila
Residents wade along floodwaters in Quezon City, Luzon island, Philippines on Sept 12. (Reuters/Dondi Tawatao)
A partially flooded road is pictured in Las Pinas, Metro Manila
A partially flooded road is pictured in Las Pinas, Luzon island, Philippines, Sept. 12. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)
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