Extremely Heavy Rains Lash Meghalaya , Red Warning For Next 2 Days

Shillong (Meghalaya ) , July 10 : The Meghalaya government has issued a high alert across the state because of heavy rainfall witnessed in the span of the last 24 hours.

Due to landslides and a flood-like situation in the state , the Met Department issued a red warning for the next two days in the state and an orange warning for three more days as Shillong recorded 297.5mm rainfall in the last four days, followed by 192.4mm rain on Wednesday alone.

People have been advised to take appropriate precautions and to stay indoors as there was a likelihood of flash floods, especially in areas near rivers and streams.

A flood-like situation has emerged in various parts of the state due to water clogging.

In Shillong , rainwater’s have entered many localities in Polo and Forest Colony and submerged paddy fields in Mawlai area . Landslides had also damaged roads in many places including a road at Malki in the city . Landslides have cut off many roads including a road in Mawsynram, about 60km from here.

Rivers Kynshi, Wah Umkhrah and Umshyrphi are all flowing above the danger line.

Cherrapunjee received 958.9mm rainfall in the last four days. Today alone, it recorded 258.6mm rainfall.
In Mawsynram, residents of Lawbah and border villages adjacent to Ryngku in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district found themselves stranded following a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall near Mawlaidong, Mawsynram that washed away a portion of the road.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that there are chances of heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in the state between Wednesday and Saturday.

Heavy downpour over the past few days has led to flash floods in the low-lying areas of the in the plain belts of Garo Hills.

In the last 24 hours from 8.30 am on Tuesday, North Lakhimpur in Assam recorded 105 mm of rains while Pasighat saw 112 mm of rains. Guwahati also recorded 50 mm of rains.

At present, a Trough is extending from Northwest India up to Nagaland and humid moderate southwesterlies from the Bay of Bengal are feeding moisture to Northeast India.

Hence, heavy to very heavy rains would continue to be observed in North East until July 14.

Assam is likely to be the worst affected as water from the Tibet region may lead to swelling of rivers in the state.

The Brahmaputra river at Nimatighat in Jorhat, the Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, the Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, the Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup and the Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta are already flowing above the danger mark.

(With Agency and Bureau inputs)

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