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Heavy Rain and Strong Winds Batter East and Northeast India

April 1, 2024 6:12 PM |

While scorching heat plagues southern India, the eastern and northeastern regions have been experiencing intense pre-monsoon activity. This weather phenomenon, known as "Kal Baisakhi" and characterized by heavy thunderstorms, rain, and strong winds, struck with particular severity on March 31st.

Sub-Himalayan West Bengal bore the brunt of the storm, with Jalpaiguri district tragically witnessing four deaths. The heavy rain extended to Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh, with Guwahati receiving 60 mm of rainfall and Goalpara recording 40 mm.
A combination of factors fueled the storm's intensity. A cyclonic circulation over Assam converged with moisture-laden winds from the Bay of Bengal, creating the perfect conditions for heavy downpours. While the rain is expected to subside in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh within the next 24 hours, the outlook for April and May is concerning. As temperatures rise above 40 degrees Celsius, the frequency and intensity of these thunderstorms are predicted to increase.
Lightning strikes, a dangerous byproduct of such storms, pose a significant threat to life and property. To mitigate potential damage, weather agencies like Skymet strive to provide timely weather alerts, allowing residents to take necessary precautions.

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