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Rains and gusty Amphan warning for Assam

An estimated 14 NDRF teams have been deployed in the state to deal with impending storm
A view of the Brahmaputra on Thursday.
A view of the Brahmaputra on Thursday.

Rokibuz Zaman   |   Guwahati   |   Published 21.05.20, 09:35 PM

Assam has witnessed incessant drizzles since Tuesday night because of Super Cyclone Amphan which made its landfall in neighbouring Bengal before 3pm.

The city recorded 17mm rainfall between 8.30am and 5.30pm on Thursday. The rainfall had recorded 19.9mm from Wednesday 8.30am to Thursday 8.30am. The relative humidity recorded at 5.30pm is 96 per cent in the city.

An Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) official told The Telegraph no untoward incident was reported till evening.

Amphan moved northeast-wards with a speed of 60kmph during the past six hours (Thursday 1pm to 7pm) and weakened into a deep depression about 300km east-northeast of Calcutta, 110km south-southeast of Dhubri and 80km south-southeast of Rangpur (Bangladesh).

“It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a depression during the next hours and further into a well marked low pressure area thereafter,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

According to the forecast for the Northeast, rain/thundershowers are very likely at most places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. Squally wind speeds reaching 30-40kmph gusting to 50kmph is very likely over west Assam and Meghalaya during next 12 hours.

However, teams of the SDRF are on standby to prevent any unwarranted situation and the 1st battalion of NDRF is also on the ground to tackle exigencies.

NDRF sources said 14 teams have been deployed in the state. “We had also kept four teams ready to be flown to Calcutta which has been battered. But we have not received any requisition so far.”

A Met official also issued wind warnings as squally wind speed reaching 50kmph to 60kmph gusting to 70kmph very likely over western Assam and western Meghalaya till evening and reduce gradually thereafter. “The cyclone will not enter Assam but under its influence, rainfall is likely at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over the western districts of Assam and Meghalaya on May 21,” said deputy director general of meteorology at Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Guwahati, Sanjay O’Neill Shaw.

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