The hell-like torrid days that we are experiencing since earlier this year is the formidable product of El Niño that immensely dominated most of the countries in Southeast Asia. According to experts, this dynamic phenomenon that was caused by climate change can arouse into a more consequential challenge, the La Niña which is known to be the rainy sister of El Niño.The current El Niño which began last year has been one of the strongest ever recorded that have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, which could bring Economic losses in Southeast Asia as high as $10 billion.
The regional fever is expected to lull by middle of the year but the alarms are growing that an equally forceful La Niña will take place. According to Stephen O’Brien, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and relief,
“The situation could become even worse if a La Niña event — which often follows an El Niño — strikes towards the end of this year”.
This can cause double jeopardy most especially to the agricultural businesses, that after months-long heat wave often topping 40 degrees Celsius that had affected their crops and productions, now here comes another danger that could lead to another knot which is the severe flooding caused by La Niña.
La Niña is another natural phenomenon which may cause storm surge, hurricane, tornados and typhoons that can lead to extensive flooding specially for the Asian countries. As compared to El Niño, La Niña is the wetter part, in which it was predicted that the effect of La Niña will be more dreadful as compared to the previous years. This means that as early as now we have to be more vigilant and we must be prepared enough to protect ourselves before the time that La Niña strikes in our country.