The July through September forecast shows the near absence of widespread surpluses observed in prior months. However, exceptional surpluses are forecast for western Myanmar; northern Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand; the extreme southeastern region of Sulawesi; and Flores Island in Indonesia. Severe to exceptional deficits are indicated in much of Cambodia, in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, and in central Papua New Guinea. In the October-December timeframe moderate deficits are indicated in many parts of the region, and thereafter deficits in Southeast Asia may intensity.
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Southeast Asia & the Pacific: Water deficits forecast for Thailand, Cambodia, Malay Peninsula, Timor
Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and the Malay Peninsula are forecast to continue in conditions of water deficit through March 2017, which will be especially severe in Cambodia. Exceptional deficits will emerge in the Mekong Delta in July, and are forecast for Timor through October. Surpluses in western Borneo will gradually diminish through September as will surpluses on Java and Flores Island, though they may persist longer. Sumatra will transition from surplus to deficit beginning in September.
Southeast Asia & the Pacific: Water deficits to persist in Thailand, Malaysia; surpluses in W. Borneo, W. Java
Water deficits are forecast to persist in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia through February 2017. Water surpluses are forecast through August for southern Borneo, western Sumatra, and West Papua, Indonesia; and may persist longer on Java and Flores Island. Deficits of exceptional severity are forecast for Timor from June through August. A transition from surplus to deficit is forecast September through February for Sumatra and northern/northwestern Borneo.