Heavy rains forecasted due to “Fani” in Assam


Assam and North East India are going to be under the influence of heavy rains due to the cyclone Fani, and it will be more on May 4 & 5.

According to the local met office,  under the impact of cyclone ‘Fani,’ which is developing over the Bay of Bengal, the rainfall activities over the NE region would get intensified on May 4 and 5, resulting in heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Assam-Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh Meteorological Sub-divisions on both the days.

However, the NE region will start feeling the impact of ‘Fani’ from the afternoon of May 3. Already the rain has lashed the whole area for the past 48 hours, and the Assam Government has taken precaution for possible flood due to the storm.

Sources informed that normal pre-monsoon rainfall activities are likely to occur at many places over Assam-Meghalaya on May 1 and 2, while on May 3, 4 and 5, rainfall would be widespread over this Meteorological Sub-division.

Along with the gusty rain wind with speed varying between 30 to 40 kmph will also be there.

It needs mention here that according to the India Meteorology Department (IMD) bulletin, cyclone ‘Fani’ is very likely to move nearly northward during the next six hours and north-northeastward after that.

It is very likely to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali in Puri region in the afternoon of May 3, with a sustained wind speed of 170 to 180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.

The impact of the ‘Fani’ would be felt in this region because under its influence, and the southwesterly wind would carry more moisture to the area, which will result in an intensification of the rainfall activities, said the RMC sources.

Trains cancelled

Given the severe Cyclone Fani over the East Coast, the Northeast Frontier Railway today announced the cancellation of six long-distance trains.

The 12508 Silchar-Thiruvananthapuram Central Express, the 12514 Guwahati-Secunderabad Express and the 15929 Tambaram-Dibrugarh Express have been cancelled. These three trains were scheduled to depart tomorrow from their respective points of departure.

Besides, the 12507 Thiruvananthapuram-Silchar Central Express which was scheduled for May 7, the 12513 Secunderabad-Guwahati Express which was scheduled to depart on May 5 and the 15930 Dibrugarh-Tambaram Express which was scheduled for May 5 have also been cancelled.

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