Heavy rainfall likely over Northeast India



Depression over the Bay of Bengal will bring heavy rains on Friday to the northeastern states of Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Assam and Meghalaya, the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The India Meteorological Department has said that the depression over the Bay of Bengal is likely to cross West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coast between Sagar Island (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh) over the Sundarbans on Friday.

The IMD said, “Due to this, light to moderate rainfall at most places, with heavy to very heavy falls are likely at a few places, and extremely heavy falls at isolated places are very likely over Tripura, heavy to very heavy falls at a few places Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, South Assam and Meghalaya are likely.”

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Issuing an impact based forecast for the northeastern states are likely to be affected due to this, the IMD said localised flooding of roads, water-logging in low-lying areas and closure of underpasses mainly in urban areas is expected.

It also said there is a possibility of landslides in hilly areas of northeastern states, occasional reduction in visibility because of heavy rainfall and disruption of traffic in cities.

The rains may also lead to damage to horticulture and standing crops in some areas due to inundation and squally winds and riverine flooding in some river catchments.

Light to moderate rainfall at many places, with isolated heavy falls, are likely over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on October 24, the IMD said.