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Red Alert issued for Assam

Rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms/lightning at isolated locations, is expected over Assam during this period.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has put the state of Assam under a ‘Red Warning’ on Tuesday and predicted that incessant rain would continue for at least four days in the state.

Over the next 4-5 days, widespread light to moderate rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls is very likely over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim due to strong southwesterly winds from the Bay of Bengal to the northeast and the adjoining east Indian states at lower tropospheric levels.

Rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms/lightning at isolated locations, is expected over Assam during this period, according to the IMD.

Rainfall amounts will generally run 50-80mm/day over those areas during the next five days, and an excess of 100 mm/day is possible over Assam and Meghalaya on Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, nature’s fury has taken a devastating shape in Assam as 7 people lost their lives and 2 lakhs people have been badly hit by flood as the incessant rains and landslides continue to worsen in the state.

24 of Assam’s 33 districts were inundated due to the floods, and more than 700 villages are reeling under floodwaters.

Moreover, Dima Hasao has been the worst hit with the district being ravaged by mudslides due to heavy rains which caused massive landslides.

First Published: 17th May, 2022 18:57 IST

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