Meghalaya News 24 exclusive
“Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto,hamin asto, hamin asto.” “If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here,it’s here.” Mughal Emperor Jehangir said it all when he visited Kashmir in the 17th century, but visiting Cherrapunjee or Sohra as it is known as people have similar feelings.
Sohra, where clouds float right into villager’s homes, is the place which every year receives record-breaking rainfall. It’s a place where residents use grass to soften the sound of the deafening rain on their roofs, dry their drenched clothes on chulhas as often as thrice a day, and won’t bat an eye when a mass of clouds floats right into their homes. As Meghalaya news 24 team drove to Sohra, the place rewarded us with unparalleled views of its diverse terrain. After driving past lofty hills on one side of the road and steep cliffs on the other, the landscape of this place will take you by surprise. During monsoon, the seemingly barren landscape of Cherrapunjee or Sohra turns into a brilliant shade of green. Roads are empty as due to the COVID pandemic, the place is not open for the outsiders, but it is the rainiest location during the monsoon and it mesmerizes everyone.
COVID lockdown and restriction became a healer for Cherrapunjee which is often flooded by tourists. The eight-month-long restriction made the wettest place on earth got even wetter during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Piyush Kumar, Incharge Meteorology Sohra in an exclusive interview to Meghalaya News 24 said, “Due to lockdown the climate was good and rainfall also we received a good amount of rainfall, this year’s rainfall is more we can say that. Month by month we calculate and we can say that Cherrapunjee is receiving a good amount of rainfall.”
According to the data provided by the Meteorological Department at Sohra, The rainfall recorded in Cherrapunji for the January-August period in the last 10 years: This year’s rainfall in Cherrapunji has been the highest.
- In 2020- 10,900 mm
- In 2019— 7,736 mm.
- In 2018 — 6,291 mm.
- In 2017— 9,913.4 mm
- In 2016 — 9,182.7.
- In 2015— 10,637.5 mm
- In 2014 — 8,483.4 mm.
- In2013– 6,411.6 mm.
- In 2012 —- 10,591.4 mm.
- In 2011—7,691.4 mm.
This shows in 2020 Cherrapunjee experienced a good shower in the last 10 years although, the final average rainfall can only be determined at the end of the year.
Recently, the meteorological department states that India has received the highest rainfall in August this year since 1976 — 25 percent more than the average, after recording 10 percent less downpour than the average in July, thus setting a new record after 44 years. However, the precipitation in Cherrapunji has been higher in the last two years as August records 1429 mm of rainfall.