Top 10 wettest places on Earth

Everyone has a story to tell when it comes to rain especially the inhabitants of Mawsynram, a village perched atop a ridge in India's north-eastern Khasi Hills, which has the highest average rainfall on the planet. We take a look at ten such places that record the highest rainfall around the world.

10. Emei Shan, Sichuan Province, China

Average annual rainfall: 8,169 mm
Mount Emei is the highest of the Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism and receives the most rainfall in China. A phenomenon called a “clouds sea” takes place in the area, attracting a double layer of clouds that result in it receiving huge rainfalls. It was also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

9. Kukui, Maui, Hawaii, Oceania

Average annual rainfall: 9,293 mm
Puu Kukui is the highest peak of Mauna Kahalawa, located in Hawaii. The peak was formed by a volcano, whose caldera eroded into what is now called the Iao Valley.

8. Mt. Waialeale, Kauai, Hawaii, Oceania

Average annual rainfall: 9,763 mm
The name Mt. Waialeale means “overflowing water”. The ground there is so drenched and slippery that access by foot to the area is extremely difficult. Researchers believe that the peak’s conical shape makes it so rainy.

7. Big Bog, Maui, Hawaii, Oceania

Average annual rainfall: 10,272 mm
Yet another place in Hawaii, Maui islands is the 2nd largest in Hawaii. The scenic beauty of these regions makes these islands one of the prominent tourist destinations.

6. Debundscha, Cameroon, Africa

Average annual rainfall: 10,299 mm
The village of Debundscha lies at the foot of Mount Cameroon, the highest peak In Africa. Its weather is quite contradictory to the rest of the continent and receives heavy rainfall.

5. San Antonio de Ureca, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea

Average annual rainfall: 10,450 mm
San Antonio de Ureca is the wettest place in the African Continent with the dry season spanning only from November to March. During the brief dry season, tourists can watch turtles come ashore on the beaches to lay their eggs.

4. Cropp River, New Zealand

Average annual rainfall: 11,516 mm
Cropp River is a river in New Zealand and is only nine km long. This weather contradicts the usual parched weather from the majority of New Zealand. It flows east for nine kilometers before joining the Whitcombe River, a tributary of the Hokitika River (in picture).

3. Tutendo, Colombia, South America

Average annual rainfall: 11,770 mm
Tutendo, is not a very famous place in the North western region of Colombia in South America. People have small houses here and are always covered with water-proof sheets. Despite being the third wettest place in the world, not much is known about this place. The nearby city of Quibdo (in picture) too, experiences heavy rainfall.

2. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, India

Average annual rainfall: 11,777 mm
Ironically, despite being the second wettest place on Earth, residents of Cherrapunji face water shortages in winter when there is no rainfall for months altogether. The Double Decker Root Bridge is a two-tier living root bridge, which is estimated to carry at least 50 or more people at a time and is over 100 feet long.

1. Mawsynram, Meghalaya, India

Average annual rainfall: 11,871 mm
The place that records the highest rainfall on the Earth is Maysynram, located in the Meghalaya In India. Located only 15 kms from Cherrapunji, villagers in Mawsynram use grass to soundproof their huts from the deafening rain that pelts their homes during the rainy season.


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