Weather alert: heavy rain predicted in Nagaland

DIMAPUR, JUL 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/9/2019 11:40:08 AM IST

Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) has predicted heavy rainfall in the State this week.

According to a press release issued by NSDMA, the State will not only witness heavy rains and strong winds, but there is also the possibility of flash floods and mud slides and landslides. Lightning strikes would also be a common feature during this time, while the showers were expected to continue until July 14, it added. 

NSDMA has warned that the northern half of Nagaland would be more vulnerable than the southern half, adding there was a bigger risk in places like Mon, Tizit, Tuli, Longleng, Tuensang, Mokokchung, Wokha and Bhandari.

All the district disaster management authorities (DDMAs) and other line departments responsible for attending to any emergencies caused by natural calamities have been asked to be on alert to save lives and properties during this period.

NSDMA has also urged people to be vigilant during this pre-monsoon period from lightning, gusty winds and thunderstorms. It appealed to the public not to take shelter under large trees and near river banks to prevent unnecessary risk to their lives from lightning and flash floods. 

Accordign to SkyMet weather report, North East is all set to witness some torrential rains in the coming days as Monsoon surge would become vigorous particularly in states like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Sikkim and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal would be at risk. According to Skymet, the region is gearing for heavy to very heavy rains during the next few days. Threat of flash floods, landslides and mud slides are looming large over these states.

This upcoming spells can be attributed to the trough, which is presently running through Indo-Gangetic plains would now move north, towards the foothills of Himalayas during the week. Especially eastern end of the trough would be running through and through Sikkim, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh.

As per weathermen, this trough is semi permanent feature during the Monsoon and keeps oscillating north-south. As the system moves along the foothills, Northeast India remains vulnerable for heavy to very heavy rains, with some extremely heavy spells.

Weather models are indicating that these rains and thundershowers are in no mood to relent and would stay for almost a week, even more than that. Flash floods are all set to return to the state as incessant rains to make comeback.

Northeast India is the rainiest pocket of the country during Southwest Monsoon. However, presently it has been battling huge rainfall deficiency. As on July 8, Arunachal Pradesh is rain deficient by 33%, followed by NMMT (Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura) at 34% and Assam and Meghalaya at 27%. These upcoming rains are likely to help in reducing the rainfall deficiency and North East might see some good recovery.


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