Heavy rains lash Assam, Meghalaya

Last Updated: Tue, May 26, 2009 11:49 hrs

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Shillong: Despite weakening of thecyclone Aila that created havoc in West Bengal and Orissa,heavy rains continue to lash several parts of the northeasternregion, particularly Meghalaya and western Assam.

The northeastern states, most of which had recordeddeficit rainfall this season, have been receiving incessantrains since yesterday coupled with squally gusty winds blowingat about 50-60 kmph, Meteorological department officials said.

Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya recorded rainfall of 213.4mm, Shillong had 120.3 mm, Imphal 34.6 mm and Guwahati 22.3 mmof rainfall, officials said.

Most parts of western Assam, Tripura and Meghalayareceived heavy to very heavy rainfall under the impact ofAila.

The officials said that though the influence of thecyclonic storm was gradually declining in the region, themonsoons, which was induced about 10 days earlier by thecyclone, would lead to more rainfall in the northeast.

Meanwhile, strong winds that accompanied rains inMeghalaya damaged houses, standing crops and uprooted treesand electric poles and telecommunications lines.

However, even though normal life remain affected,there was no human casualty reported from anywhere.

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