New Record set by Mawsynram, the wettest place on Earth, as it records 1003 mm rainfall in just 24 hours

SHILLONG: 18th June 2022 (PTI Source)

Since the 15th of June, the 24-hour rainfall in Cherrapunji has been - 811 mm, 673.6 mm, and 972 mm, each day respectively. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The second closest record of rainfall was held by the nearby Cherrapunji, another wettest place in the world, where the 24-hour rainfall was 972mm this Friday. Large portions of Meghalaya have been hit by heavy rainfall over the previous three days, particularly in Sohra and its surroundings.

The world's wettest place, Meghalaya's Mawsynram, rewrote its June rainfall records dating back to 1940. This Friday, a staggering 1003.6 mm of rain poured in just 24 hours, smashing the previous record of 945.4mm that was set in the year 1966.

During the three-day period from the 15th of June through to the 17th of June, Cherrapunji recorded 811 mm, 673.6 mm, and 972 mm of rainfall respectively, which measured more than any other day in the month of June in 122 years. The third wettest day in the world was the 17th of June, and the eighth wettest day in the world was the 15th of June.

The recent severe flooding and landslides in Meghalaya were caused by the highest rainfall in Cherrapunji, which measured 2,456 mm, in the past three days.

This week has seen many deaths in Meghalaya and Assam as a result of rainfall-related incidents in the recent week. According to the data from the India Met Department (IMD), since the 1st of June, Cherrapunji has received 4,067 mm of rainfall.