Red Alert for Meghalaya & Assam as Incessant Heavy Rains Hit both the States

SHILLONG: 20th May 2022 (PTI Source)

The India Meteorological Department has issued a "Red Alert" for Assam and Meghalaya, indicating that heavy to extremely heavy rain is expected in the next few days, despite the fact that floods and landslides have wreaked havoc in these two states for a week.

The India Met Department has advised of light to moderate rainfall at most locations, with isolated heavy to very heavy rain and isolated extremely heavy rain in Meghalaya & Assam, as well as thunderstorms and lightning at scattered spots. The disaster management agencies have been warned by the department.

The India Meteorological Department has put out an ‘Orange Alert’ in Arunachal Pradesh, as light to moderate rain is expected, with heavy to very heavy rainfall most likely to hit the state. Weather in all three NE states might improve somewhat on May 20th.

The ‘Red Alert' has been issued for the most part for the western regions of Assam. Yesterday brought heavy to extremely severe rainfall (8.30AM on Wednesday to 8PM on Thursday). Heavy to very heavy rains are likewise anticipated in Baksa, Goalpara, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Chirang, Lakhimpur, Dima Hasao, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, and Karimganj districts as floods and landslides wreak havoc.

The IMD has also predicted widespread heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, as well as thunder and lightning, over northeastern states until May 21. Thunderstorms, lightning, and significant to exceptional rainfall are all probable during this time in Meghalaya.

The northeast is expected to remain wet throughout May due to strong lower-level southerly and southwesterly winds on May 17-19, according to the Met Office. Rainfall will be widespread as a result of the existing weather patterns, the Met Office said.

The highest rainfall in the previous 24 hours was recorded at Cherrapunji and Mawsynram in Meghalaya. While 37 cm of precipitation fell on Cherrapunji, 32 cm of rain fell on Mawsynram, both in the extremely heavy rainfall category, during the last 24 hours up to Tuesday morning.