The downpour that struck Bombay (Mumbai) on Tuesday has leftat least 500 people dead and possibly many more. Parts ofthe state of Maharashtra received 37 inches of rain over avery short time, and Bombay received 26 inches. It was arecord rainfall for India, and one of the great deluges ofhistory.

Today at least 15 people were killed when false stories of adam burst caused a stampede.

Over the past two days, many parts of the crippled city havebeen under three to five feet of water, and damage to theinfrastructure is extensive. Nobody yet knows how manypeople have died in the catastrophe, and this will not beknown until the waters recede and city services can be restored.

The disaster was caused by a violent monsoon storm that cameabout because global warming gasses hold heat close to theearth’s surface, meaning that the difference in temperaturebetween the troposphere (surface air) and the stratosphere,the next layer above, is reaching record extremes. Thismeans that storms have the potential to become extremelypowerful without warning, and more extreme storms areinevitable worldwide.

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