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Cyclone Remal: Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura on high alert as heavy rains expected; flights cancelled

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday warned of extremely heavy rainfall in Assam and other Northeastern states on May 27 and 28.
Last Updated : 27 May 2024, 02:52 IST
Last Updated : 27 May 2024, 02:52 IST

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Guwahati: Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura remained on high alert following the meteorology department's warning about heavy rains and squalls in view of the cyclone Remal, on Monday and Tuesday.

Tripura shut all educational institutions as rains started on Sunday night, while Assam and Meghalaya, two other states sharing a border with Bangladesh, kept disaster management teams ready to tackle possible disaster.

A statement issued by Tripura government said that the state witnessed average rainfall of 40.73 mm between 8.30 am to 2.30 pm on Monday, while many trees were uprooted due to the strong winds. There is no report of substantial damage or loss of life, said the statement.

At least 14 flights between Kolkata and Guwahati were cancelled on Monday in view of the weather forecast.

The cyclone Remal made landfall on Monday in West Bengal and Bangladesh and is expected to move northwards to the Northeast. A bulletin issued by the Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) said heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at isolated places in most states in the Northeast while the region could witness squall with wind speed up to 60 kmph.

The IMD on Saturday warned of extremely heavy rainfall in Assam along with other Northeastern states on May 27 and 28. Orange alert was issued for Dhubri, South Salmara, Bongaigaon, Bajali, Tamulpur, Barpeta, Nalbari, Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai and West Karbi Anglong districts. Red alerts were issued for Chirang, Goalpara, Baksa, Dima Hasao, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority directed all the district units to review the situation and regulate plying of boats in main stream of Brahmaputra river on Monday and Tuesday, particularly in Dhubri, Goalpara, South Salmara, Bongaigaon and Barpeta districts and also Barak and Kusiara rivers in Barak valley districts, said the statement.

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Published 27 May 2024, 02:52 IST

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