Cyclone Amphan to show its power in Assam & Meghalaya now


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After West Bengal, alarming alert for Assam and Meghalaya as Cyclone Amphan has hit the north-eastern states. According to the Central Water Commission (CWC), there is a severe flood situation alert for the Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Neamati Ghat and Jiabharali in Jorhat and Sonitpur districts, respectively. Some parts of Assam and neighboring Meghalaya have been receiving extremely heavy rains since May 20 after super cyclone Amphan weakened. Earlier the cyclone has made destruction in West Bengal and Odisha.

The highest flood level for the Brahmaputra River in the Jorhat stretch is 87.37 meters and the current level of water in the river is 85.78 meters. In Jiabharali, the highest flood level is 78.5 meters and the current level of water is 77.36 meters.

Beki in Barpeta; Lohit in Tinsukia and the Dibrugarh stretch of the Brahmaputra and many of its tributaries are in under danger as the water is flowing above the recorded normal flood levels.

K Sathi Devi, Head, National Weather Forecasting Centre said

“The district-level rainfall data is being compiled, but parts of Meghalaya, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have received extremely heavy rains in the past five days, which is likely to continue for another three days at least. Southwesterly moisture-laden winds are converging from the Bay of Bengal in the region. The rains aren’t likely to recede immediately.”

Mahesh Palawat, vice-president, meteorology, and climate, Skymet Weather said about the situation that,

“Cherrapunji has received 1,105 millimeters of rain in the last four days. We’re still compiling the data, which is a departure from normal. There’ll be more flooding in the region, as rains are not likely to stop for the next few days. But the intensity of rainfall may reduce after two-three days. Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura will also experience heavy rains soon.”