The Telegraph
Friday , July 31 , 2015

Heat rethink on vacation

- Assam swelters as cyclone komen floods Mizoram, rain alert on

Guwahati, July 30: With no let-up in the heat wave, the Assam government is contemplating extending the summer vacation of schools.

Sources told The Telegraph that the office of the inspector of schools has already received unending queries from teachers and guardians whether the vacation would be extended beyond July 31. The offices of deputy commissioners have also received similar queries.

Schools affiliated to both Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will reopen on Saturday after a month-long vacation.

Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner M. Angamuthu told this correspondent that they would hold a meeting tomorrow to take a final decision on extending the summer vacation owing to the prevailing hot weather.

Guwahati yesterday recorded 37.6 degrees Celsius, the highest July temperature since 1966.

The previous highest temperature to be recorded in July was on July 13, 2009 when the mercury touched 37.5 degrees Celsius.

Last year, the highest temperature during the month was recorded on July 31 at 36.5 degrees Celsius.

In 2013, the highest of 35.8 degrees Celsius was recorded on July 15.

An education department official said if the weather does not change till Friday evening, the department would take a call on extending the vacation. Otherwise, the deputy commissioners will be asked to decide on the issue considering the weather conditions in their respective districts.

"The depression/deep depression which has been stagnant for the past few days over northeast Bay of Bengal was the main cause of rising temperatures in Assam. The depression has now deepened into the cyclonic storm Komen," Sanjay O'Neill Shaw, deputy director-general of meteorology at the Regional Meteorological Centre, Borjhar, said.

Shaw, however, said Assam would not fall in the path of the cyclonic storm.

"Rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places over south Assam. We expect strong surface winds over the area," Shaw said.

On the other hand, doctors have warned about heat stroke and other infections if the prevailing weather continues for a few more days. "Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition. It occurs when the body temperature rises owing to excessive exposure to heat," a doctor at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital said.

Met officials also warned of heavy rain in parts of Mizoram and Tripura as Komen started moving west-northwestwards from Bangladesh.

"Squally winds with speeds of 40-50km per hour and gusting to 60kmph will blow over Mizoram and Tripura from this evening for the next 24 hours," Sumit Das, a scientist at the Borjhar meteorology department said over phone.

Mizoram rainfall

A Met release said the cyclone was centred about 80km southwest of Chittagong and 300km east-southeast of Calcutta this morning and moved north-northwestwards and crossed Bangladesh in the afternoon.

Incessant rain that lashed South Mizoram for the past few days inundated eight houses at Tlabung in Lunglei district. Tlabung is 332km from Aizawl.

Sub-divisional officer (civil) Rolungmuana said around 300 families had been affected owing to the overflowing Khawthlangtuipui river. "It is raining continuously here and the flood situation may further deteriorate in the next 24 hours," he added.

He said the families from the eight submerged houses have been evacuated and shifted to a temporary relief camp.

Floods have damaged residential houses and paddy fields at Tippereghat, Silkur, Bindasora and Lamthai in Lunglei district. Sources said around 200 houses at Tippereghat were under water.

The Khawthlangtuipui is flowing over the danger level and the flood situation is likely to worsen with the relentless rainfall.


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