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Varsity installs 15 rain gauges

Silchar, May 26: Keen to study weather patterns in the Northeast, Japanís Kyoto University has installed rain gauges in south Assamís Hailakandi town.

On Saturday, a Rs 10-lakh- automatic rain gauge instrument was re-installed on the SS College campus in the town.

This is one of the 15 rain gauges, which the university helped set up in different towns of Assam in the first decade of this century.

Prashanta Bhattacharjee, geography department professor in Gauhati University, who attended the re-installing programme, said these rain-measuring gadgets were also set up in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

He said the meteorological scientists in both India and Japan were worried at the phenomena of deficit rainfall in the Northeast, which was likely to have an adverse effect in South Asia and later in Japan.

Bhattacharjee and Paritosh Chandra Dutta, former principal of Hailakandiís SS College and the spokesman for Vigyan Samity, had found that in the district of Hailakandi, which border Mizoram, the annual rainfall had fallen to 2,081mm last year against 3,500mm a few years back.

Quoting the Japanese scientists in their respective universities, Bhattacharjee said the unrelenting denudation of green cover of forests in the Northeast had led to the shrinking of forest space to less than the stipulated 70 per cent, which was quite alarming.