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Immense rain dropped 127mm (5 inches)onto the streets of Mosul, or one-third of the year’s expected rainfall in less than 24 hours. Same in Saudi Arabia.

In the town of Rabia, on the border with Syria, 187mm (7.4 inches) of rain was recorded.

Iraq and Saudi Arabia floodings on March 2020. Picture via VK

This much or more fell further north in the hills and mountains of northern Syria and Turkey.

Video from Dahuk, Iraq on March 18, 2020:

 

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This storm system also brought 20cm (7.9 inches) of fresh snow in the mountainous Turkish province of Hakkari.

Iraq and Saudi Arabia floodings on March 2020. Picture via VK

This sort of rainfall creates landslides and flash floods. The result was thigh-deep flooding and boat rescue.

Heavy flash flooding in the city of Jizan, Saudi Arabia on March 19, 2020:

 

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This powerful storm also fed the headwaters of the Tigris. With the Euphrates, further west, the Tigris is the irrigation supply of Iraq.

 

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