Assam and Meghalaya batter with extremely heavy showers since Tuesday. Heavy rains have flooded several areas and caused landslides. Authorities have on Thursday said that heavy rains have killed at least 31 people in Assam and 19 in Meghalaya and affected more than seven lakh people. Roads and rails have been blocked due to flooding and landslides. Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, the wettest place on earth and Mawsynram have recorded record-breaking rains. Both sates of Assam and Meghalaya are reeling under the impact of the heavy showers, reported The Weather Channel.
Northeast Now reported that around 3000 villages in Assam are under water.
Mawsynram and Cherrapunji set new all-time records with 1003.6 mm rain in Mawsynram, while Cherrapunji Recorded 972 mm Rainfall In 24 Hours, the latter’s highest since 1995- reported the The Shillong Times.
The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a red alert over Assam and Meghalaya until June 18th, as the rain forecast shows no signs of rain slowing down.
One of the world’s largest rivers, the Brahmaputra, which flows into India and neighboring Bangladesh from Tibet, burst its banks in Assam over the past three days, inundating more than 1900 villages. The water level in Brahamaputra is expected to rise further. Torrential rains lashed most of the rugged state, and the downpour continued on Wednesday, with more forecast over the next two days, reported CNN.
According to the Assam’s health minister, Keshab Mahanta. More than 2,000 people trapped in the district of Hojai were retrieved by soldiers of Indian Army in a rescue effort that continues.