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Impact of Cyclone Remal: Northeast experiences heavy rainfall

First Published: 27th May, 2024 16:23 IST

The respective state governments in all the NE states have asked concerned agencies to take necessary steps for dealing with any kind of eventuality.

Different parts of Northeast are experiencing heavy rainfall after cyclone Remal made landfall between the coasts of Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal last evening before moving northwards towards the Northeast.

Worth mentioning the IMD has warned of extremely heavy rainfall over Assam along with other Northeastern states on May 27 and May 28.

This has prompted authorities in the 8 Northeast states to take precautionary steps in a bid to minimize the impact of the rain and gusty winds, predicted by the IMD owing to the cyclone Remal landfall.

After at least 3 days of intense heatwave sweeping Assam, people heaved a sigh of relief following multiple spells of rainfall since last evening.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in a statement informed that extensive measures have been taken to ensure the safety and well-being of the people in the wake of the impending increase in rainfall and wind speeds due to Cyclone Remal.

Orange alert has been issued in at least 11 districts which include- Dhubri, South Salmara, Bongaigaon, Bajali, Tamulpur, Barpeta, Nalbari, Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai and West Karbi Anglong.

On the other hand, Red alert for extremely heavy rain has been issued for the Chirang, Goalpara, Baksa, Dima Hasao, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts in Assam.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also sounded alert in a post on X and said, “Cyclone Remal can bring inclement weather in parts of Assam. We are taking several precautionary measures. NDRF & SDRF teams are on standby, control rooms are operational and we are deploying a whole of government approach to keep our citizens safe. Stay safe and please cooperate with your local administration.”

In a significant move, 14 flights from Guwahati to Kolkata have been cancelled due to cyclone Remal. The decision comes in view of the severe impact of Remal along the coasts of West Bengal and Bangladesh.
As per sources, four flights from IndiGo, four from Alliance Air, one from Air India, and one from Spicejet have been cancelled.

Cyclone Remal has also impacted the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh as well with rains coming down in several parts of the state including Itanagar today.

It may be mentioned that IMD had predicted heavy rainfall in Arunachal today with the possibility of isolated extremely heavy rainfall in the state tomorrow.

Cyclone Remal’s impact on Tripura has been less severe than initially feared, despite the state government issuing a red alert in at least four districts.

All schools and educational institutions remain closed, and flights from Kolkata have been canceled as a precaution. Since last evening, continuous drizzling has affected normal life, leading to deserted roads and markets as people stay indoors to avoid the rain.

Businessmen and vegetable vendors complained that the continuous rain kept customers away, resulting in a loss for the day. According to the State Disaster team till noon there has been no major incident or casualties except few incidents of trees breaking and causing some damages in Sepahijala and West Tripura district.

The Tripura government has positioned National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams at strategic locations, ready to respond if conditions worsen.

The Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Department, Government of Mizoram in an advisory stated that there will be heavy rainfall in various parts of Mizoram on May 27 with a windspeed between 50 kmph.

The Mizoram government has adviced people to keep calm if a storm arrives with an advisory to not spread false alarm. People have been advised to avoid going to the river and its surrounding areas.

In case of natural Disaster, the State Emergency Operation Centre can be reached at 1070, 1077 and Emergency Response Support System at 112.

All Indigo flights into Lengpui Airport were canceled on Monday.

The only operating flight was Alliance Air Guwahati-Aizawl-Imphal-Aizawl-Guwahati.

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in it’s latest update stated, “The Cyclonic Storm “Remal” (pronounced as “Re-Mal”) over Coastal Bangladesh and adjoining Coastal West Bengal moved nearly northwards, with a speed of 08 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centered at 1130 hrs IST of today, the 27th May, 2024 over Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal, near latitude 23.0°N and longitude 89.2°E about 65 km northwest of Mongla (Bangladesh), 100 km north-northeast of Canning (West Bengal), 110 km northeast of Kolkata (West Bengal), 150 km northwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh) and 150 km southwest of Dhaka (Bangladesh)
The system is likely to move north-northeastwards, and gradually weaken further into Deep Depression by evening of today, the 27th May 2024.”



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