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Natural disasters

China floods and Japan downpour blamed on Indian Ocean hot spot

Stalled high-pressure system leaves seasonal monsoon front stuck in place

Floodwaters are discharged at the Three Gorges Dam in central China's Hubei Province on July 19. (Xinhua via AP)

TOKYO -- The 2020 monsoon season in East Asia that is wreaking havoc in China and Japan can be traced back to a warming hot spot in the Indian Ocean, experts say.

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