In June 2016, Paris experienced the worst floods since 1910, when the River Seine rose to 4.1 meters above its normal level. According to media reports, around five thousand citizens were evacuated with an estimated destruction of at least €600 million.
The flooding led to the iconic museums Louvre and Musee d’Orsay temporarily shutting down. Tennis fans were also left disappointed with cancelled events of the French Open 2016.
Paris cannot be singled out as the only city that suffered such an ordeal during the tourist season. Here are five international destinations where torrential rains can hamper your sightseeing plans or business meetings:
1. Glasgow, Scotland
Ranked as the second wettest city in the United Kingdom, Glasgow experiences moderate to heavy rainfall 167 days a year, as per the official website. Torrential rains and flash floods are recorded every year from the months of August to January.
Power failures, flights and railway cancellation, chaotic roads and debris reported during the worst storms have been known to bring life to a standstill.
2. Hong Kong;
This business hub is prone to typhoons, though there have not been any major ones since 1937. Heavy rainfall of up to 432 mm, accompanied by thunderstorms, is usually seen in the monsoon season. The city even has a colour-coded system to alert citizens.
The months from June to September are often hit by gales, as per the government observatory. These strong winds are capable of causing severe destruction. In June 2016, the city received rainfall exceeding 30 mm per hour resulting in the delay of more than 30 flights.
3. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo experiences approximately 165 mm of rainfall from mid-June to July. In addition, typhoons that occur in September can cause up to 200 mm of rainfall. This city is also familiar with unprecedented rains and storms.
In April 2012, Tokyo was hit by what media reports called “the worst storm in 50 years”. Winds with speed of 90 kmph and heavy rainfall led to the cancellation of several flights, halted train services, and marooned citizens.
4. Kandy, Sri Lanka
Unpredictable rough climate and an average of 15 rainy days from June to September mark the monsoon season of Kandy. As per the national observatory, rains are accompanied by strong winds that cause a high amount of destruction.
Flooding due to the overflowing Mahaweli River and occasional landslides can make travelling in some areas dangerous, while rendering several regions inaccessible, according to media reports.
5. Shanghai, China
Shanghai witnesses 1200 mm rainfall per year. Typhoons and rainstorms are frequently observed from mid-August to early July, as per climate reports. The tropical storms and torrential rains create havoc, with cancelled flights, halted transportation services, factory closedowns, and flooded streets.
According to a research paper, this city has recorded 146 floods with 92% of them having occurred between June and September.
Apart from these areas, the Hawaii islands, Edinburgh, London, and Vancouver can also be regarded as cities notorious to visit during the rains. Taking necessary precaution is advisable while travelling to these places. A travel insurance plan is a must-have, to cover losses due to delayed, missed or cancelled flights during your trip.