Assam rainfall

Guwahati, June 19: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast predicting heavy to moderate intensity rainfall in the northeastern state of Assam over the next 48 hours. Several parts of Assam are expected to witness significant rainfall until June 20, according to the IMD.

The IMD further stated that heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is likely to persist over Northeast India. In addition to Assam, two other northeastern states, Meghalaya and Sikkim, are also expected to experience heavy rainfall in the coming days.

The IMD’s forecast for the region indicates that most places in Northeast India and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim will receive light to moderate rainfall, with isolated instances of heavy to very heavy falls over the next five days.

Furthermore, isolated extremely heavy rainfall is anticipated in sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, as well as Assam and Meghalaya from June 18 to June 20.

Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, is also likely to receive intense rainfall in the upcoming days. On Monday, the IMD predicts a substantial increase in rainfall, with an expected downpour of 76 mm. Following, on Tuesday, Guwahati is expected to receive 48 mm of rainfall.

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Anticipating the adverse weather conditions, local authorities in Guwahati have issued an alert to the residents. The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has taken proactive measures by mobilizing emergency response teams to address any potential emergencies arising from the heavy rainfall.

To ensure public safety, the GMC has advised citizens of Guwahati to avoid venturing out during rainfall, keep emergency contact numbers handy, and stay tuned to local news channels for updates and instructions.

The first wave of floods has already affected large parts of Biswanath, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Hojai, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, and Udalguri, while urban flooding has been reported in Kamrup Metro, Cachar, and Nalbari districts. The main cause of the flooding is the rivers flowing above the danger level in different areas.

The flood situation in Assam has worsened due to continuous heavy rainfall across various parts of the northeastern state, affecting 37,535 people in 10 districts, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). Experts predict that farmers will face significant challenges as over 1,409 hectares of cropland have been submerged.

The floods and heavy rainfall have also resulted in damage to infrastructure, including bridges and houses in at least nine districts. Landslides have temporarily disconnected road connectivity between Barak Valley and the rest of Assam.