Earth is one such planet where life exists, and what is the basic requirement of life? it is water. Yes, Water is one of the substances where it is said that life has originated.
However, Earth does not entirely contain water there are lands which are arid, lands which are marsh filled and sustainable lands which we all stand on every day.
But to sustain, one needs water to survive and rainfall is one of the ways where we get drinking water and the rainwater falls on the ground where it gets collected to ponds, rivers where one can collect for drinking.
Some places, receive more Rainfall which makes them stand out of the rest here are some of the wettest places on earth.
10) Emei Shan, China – 8,169 mm
One of the most sacred mountains of Buddhism out of the 4, Mount Emei is located in Sichuan Province of China.
It is the mountain that receives the most rainfall in China and during monsoon, the region will get to witness a phenomenon called ‘clouds sea’ where you get to witness the clouds above and below from the top of the mountain and that is responsible for heavy rainfall in the area. Emei Shan receives an average rainfall of about 8,169 mm per year.
9) Kukui, Hawaii – 9,239 mm
One of the highest peaks of Mauna Kahalawa, Pu’u Kukui was formed due to the crater formed by a volcanic collapse created by Iao Valley below. It is the 9th wettest place on earth and 3rd in Hawaii where it receives an average rainfall of 9,239 mm.
8) Mount Waialeale, Hawaii – 9,763 mm
The 2nd wettest place in Hawaii, Mount Waialeale is extremely slippery and one of the second-highest point on the island of Kaua’i. It receives an average rainfall of around 9,763 mm per year and it can be nicknamed as ‘overflowing water’.
7) Big Bog, Hawaii – 10,272 mm
Receiving around an average of 10,272 mm of rainfall per year, Big Bog on the island of Maui is one of the wettest places in Hawaii and is 7th wettest place on earth. It is a popular tourist destination in Hawaii and can be visited via Helicopter ride and trek for a day.
6) Debundscha, Cameroon, Africa – 10,299 mm
Debundscha is a village in South-West region of Cameroon and it lies at the base of Mount Cameroon which is the highest peak in Africa. The mountain faces the Atlantic Ocean which is the reason why Debundscha receives an average rainfall of 10,299mm per year.
5) San Antonio de Ureca, Equatorial Guinea – 10,450 mm
One of the wettest places in the African continent is San Antonio de Ureca which is a region on Bioko Island.
Apart from the dry season that runs from November to March, the rest of the months it will be raining daily, During the dry season, tourists flock the place as turtles come here to lay eggs and is one of the popular tourist destination places in Africa. Average rainfall will reach around 10,450 mm per year.
4) Cropp River, New Zealand – 11,516 mm
Cropp River is a river in New Zealand that receives an average rainfall of 11,516mm per year. It flows east through of New Zealand where it joins Whitcombe River. The distance of the flow is around 9km.
3) Tutendo, South America – 11,770 mm
Located in the North West region of Colombia, South America the city of Tutendo with a population of less than 1000 is the third wettest place on earth with an average rainfall of 11,770 mm per year.
2) Cherrapunji, India – 11,777 mm
One of the second wettest places on planet earth is Cherrapunji, in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It receives an average rainfall of around 11,777 mm per year however, ironically the people of Cherrapunji face water shortage every year during the winter months.
1) Mawsynram, India – 11,871 mm
Located just 15kms from 2nd wettest place, Cherrapunji. Mawsynram in Meghalaya occupies the top position in the list of the wettest place on earth.
Receiving an average rainfall of around 11,871mm per year locals use the grass as soundproof their huts from the heavy rainfall that occurs here.
Sunit Das of IMD says “What happens is that whenever any moisture gathers over the Bay of Bengal, it causes precipitation over Mawsynram, leading to a heavy, long monsoon season.”
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