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Cherrapunji records highest rainfall in a decade

July 19, 2016 11:46 AM |

Rain-in-CherrapunjiIn a span of 24 hours, from 8.30 am on Monday, Cherrapunji has recorded 447.8 mm. This is a huge amount and with this Cherrapunji has broken the last 10 years’ record of highest 24-hour rainfall.

The month of April was also quite rainy for this small town located on the edge of Khasi Hills. On April 23, Cherrapunji received torrential rains and recorded a whopping 420 mm of rain. This happened to be the highest in the past 10 years. Thus, a new rainfall record has been set in Cherrapunji this July as well.

So far this month, Cherrapunji has received 2044.4 mm of rainfall. This is nothing unusual as this place is the rainiest place in the world after Mawsynram, which is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. In fact, the monthly average rainfall in Cherrapunji is 2992 mm.

Heavy Monsoon rains will continue to lash Cherrapunji for few more days. Thus, we can expect the saga of record-breaking rains to continue over the region.

During last 24 hours, Shillong also received good showers of 83.8 mm. Heavy Monsoon rains are likely to continue in Meghalaya, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh during next 24 to 48 hours.

On June 16, 1995, Cherrapunji received 1563 mm of rainfall which the highest rainfall received at any place in just 24 hours.

Image credit: Subhadeep Mandal

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