Monsoon 2020: Heavy rains over Northeast India, rising rivers may cause floods

July 9, 2020 9:13 AM |
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Extremely heavy rains are expected over most parts of Northeast India almost for a week commencing 09th July. Rains are likely to be accompanied with strong winds and lightning affecting communication and connectivity. The northern half of the region comprising of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, and Nagaland are more vulnerable than the rest parts.

The monsoon trough all along its length is shifting close to the foothills, an ideal situation for extremely heavy rainfall in some parts of the region. Rainfall in this heterogeneous terrain and the catchment areas will lead to the flood-like situation, particularly along the embankments of the rivers.  The lower Assam has just recovered from severe floods and is again poised with a threat, bigger than the previous one.

The mighty river Brahmaputra along with its tributaries is likely to be in spate endangering entire swathe off and along Brahmaputra river running through and through Assam.  The most susceptible to deluge will be Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Rangia, and Guwahati to commence with and later spreading and swallowing locations like Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Golpara, Kamrup, Dhubri, and Dispur. Torrential rains will impact Meghalaya and Nagaland as well, possibly throwing life out of gear.  The state of Sikkim and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal will also be prone to extremely heavy rains during this period. It is likely to be a prolonged wet spell affecting rail, road, and air traffic. Recovery thereafter is also expected to be slow as the water bodies keep responding even after the recession of rains. The deficiency of seasonal rains so far in some pockets is likely to get covered to a large extent.







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