South Garo Hills receives heaviest rainfall in last 24 hours, IMD issues red alert

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Meghalaya News 24 exclusive 

With a red-colour coded weather alert being issued for Meghalaya till July 1st, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts very heavy rainfall in the state.

South Garo Hills District received the heaviest rainfall in the last 24 hours. The district received 280.8 mm rainfall in just 24 hours. A video of Donigre to Dronggre dolong bridge, Ruga South Garo Hills taken this morning describes the adversity that the district faced due to rain havoc.

Few areas in South Garo hills are badly affected due to the incessant rainfall as the bridges have been swept away.

West Garo Hills is another worst affected district as it received 148.1 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours.

District Magistrate of West Garo Hills, Ram Singh said “Rainfall is incessant, it is continuing, we have cautioned the low lying areas, our BDOs are on the job.”

Talking about the havoc the DC said, “….the Tura Dalu road has been cut off since morning in few areas and in few areas vehicles are stuck so our teams consist of PWD and NHIDCL are taking precautions over there clearing the roads and ensuring that struck vehicles are taken away.”

“Garobada, Selsella roads were cut off for few hours, it has been cleared by still muddy, “ he added.

Many trees were uprooted and roads blocked as a result of the adverse weather. Waterlogging was also reported in many areas, however, there was no report of any casualty/injury.

Sohra RKM (Cherrapunji Ramakrishna Mission) received 232.2 mm rainfall and Mawsynram which is known for receiving the highest average rainfall on Earth recorded 225.6 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, Sohra received 220.8 mm rainfall, while Tura received 148.1 mm, Williamnagar 122 mm, Shillong received 42 mm, Barapani 17.8 mm, Jowai 78.4 mm, Shella 80 mm, Khliehriat 60.4 mm, Nongstoin 64.4 mm, Ampati 60 mm, and Tikrikilla 49.8 mm.

The Current Synoptic Conditions show a trough at mean sea level runs from East Uttar Pradesh to northeast Assam across Bihar and Sub Himalayan West Bengal.

In a statement issued, IMD warned, “Under the influence of strong moist south-westerly winds; fairly widespread to widespread rainfall is very likely over Meghalaya during next 4-5 days. Meghalaya is very likely to receive isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall during 29 June to 03 July with isolated extremely heavy rainfall on 29 June to 01 July 2021.”

Further, in the press communique, IMD also stated that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

The IMD has asked people to avoid Going in the River for fishing /camping or any other activity, also move away from landslide paths or downstream valleys quickly without wasting time.

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