Monday, August 23: Parts of Northeast India will be in for some enhanced rainfall activity in the week to come, as heavy showers have been forecast across multiple states in the region.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), fairly widespread to widespread rains with isolated heavy falls are very likely to continue over Northeast India until Tuesday, August 24.
Thereafter, the intensity of the rainfall is set to increase, with isolated very heavy falls expected to lash Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya between Tuesday to Friday, August 24-27.
Furthermore, isolated extremely heavy falls may also bombard Assam and Meghalaya on Wednesday, August 25.
In view of these predictions, all the aforementioned states have been placed under an orange alert for this forecast period. The alert urges residents to ‘be prepared’ for rough conditions. However, the advisory level may get upgraded further if the weather conditions intensify.
As per The Weather Channel’s met team, 5-day total precipitation of over 250 mm is expected across these states. The rainfall activity over the region will be at its peak from Tuesday to Thursday.
Meanwhile, according to the latest update from the Central Water Commission (CWC), the state of Assam will be particularly vulnerable to flooding.
Due to notable rainfall activity over the past 4-5 days, the main Brahmaputra river is already flowing in above normal flood situations to severe flood situations in Goalpara, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Sonitpur and Jorhat districts of Assam.
Moreover, the tributaries of Brahmaputra, viz. Subansiri river in Lakhimpur, Beki river in Barpeta, Jia-Bharali river in Sonitpur, Sankosh river in Dhubri, and Desang river in Sibsagar (Assam); along with Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang, are all flowing in above normal flood situations to severe flood situations.
With more intense showers on the horizon for the week, the flood situation in these regions may worsen, affecting the livelihood of local residents.
As far as the seasonal precipitation over the region is concerned, the northeastern states have received normal to below-average rainfall since the start of the monsoon period.
Between June 1 and August 22, both Meghalaya (1833.8 mm) and Tripura (897.8 mm) have recorded ‘normal’ rains as compared to their respective long-term average figures for this period, whereas Arunachal (947 mm), Assam (877.7 mm), Mizoram (863.3 mm) and Nagaland (646.5 mm) have all witnessed ‘deficit’ rainfall.
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