Tuesday, October 25: After last week’s episode of ‘will it or won’t it’ over Cyclone Sitrang growing in the Bay of Bengal, the system finally made landfall in Bangladesh late on Monday. So far, the super typhoon has already claimed nine lives – six more than super typhoon Asani – before it weakened into a depression. After destroying Bangladesh, the Northeast regions of India were also included in the crosshairs, although they are now under the control of a very weak cyclone.
The Met team of the Weather Channel has predicted that the risk of maximum rainfall in the north-eastern hills is likely to be on Tuesday itself. The difficult situation there has caused the local authorities to shut down many vehicles until the worst problem is over.
According to The Times of India, ten flights between the northeast and other regions have been canceled since Monday morning. The same situation also happened in two trains in the region. The region experienced disruptions in mobile network and internet, but these connectivity issues were resolved soon.
“We are on high alert in the northeast. The four districts which have been on high alert are important for railway connectivity in the northeastern states,” said Northeast Frontier Railway’s head of public relations, Sabyasachi De. “The rains have not caused any floods or landslides yet. However, as the night progresses, we will know more.”
Apart from this, the consequences of the usual unfortunate storms hit coastal areas – uprooting of trees, disruption of traffic, etc. While the India Meteorological Department (IMD) started many northeastern states on red alert (the highest level of alert advising residents to take action to avoid the weather) on Monday, it was soon downgraded to orange alert.
What lies ahead for the northeastern states?
As mentioned earlier, weather conditions are likely to worsen over the northeastern states today, with the forecast indicating that the system will weaken into a well-marked area of low pressure by Tuesday evening.
As a result, parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura may witness it. A very heavy shower (64.5 mm-204.5 mm) on Tuesday, October 25. Additionally, heavy rains (64.5 mm-115.5 mm) may persist over parts of Arunachal on Wednesday, October 26, IMD predicted.
Most other parts of Northeast India can experience it light to moderate rain Tuesday. Wind speed of 40-60 kmph is likely to prevail over south Assam and adjoining Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura till 4 pm and will decrease thereafter. Additionally, far northern areas of Arunachal Pradesh may witness snowfall till Wednesday.
Until now, the caution orange (meaning ‘get ready’) over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya remain, and are likely to remain until the end of the day. The remaining NMMT states are located in a a yellow hour (meaning ‘updated’). The IMD is yet to predict the weather conditions for the next few days.
On the other hand, a red alert Downpours are expected in northeastern counties on Tuesday, and residents should exercise extreme caution:
- Meghalaya: East Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills
- Assam: Dima Hasao, Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj
- Mizoram: Kolasib
In addition, warnings to fishermen was issued on Tuesday, advising fishermen not to venture into the northern Bay of Bengal and around and off the coast of Bangladesh due to rough sea conditions till noon. The rough sea conditions are expected to improve thereafter.
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