April 21, 2010 9:48:33 pm
The local authorities on Tuesday requisitioned the services of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to carry out rescue operations in Guwahati after heavy rains in the past three days led to large-scale inundation of numerous residential localities in the Assam capital.
At least six boats of the NDRF were pressed into service in the residential areas on Zoo Road,Rajgarh Road,Anilnagar which were waterlogged following heavy rains. Normal life in the city remained affected for the second day on Tuesday with attendance in offices and educational institutions remaining low due to waterlogged roads and residences. Met Department reports said Guwahati received 80 mm of rain on Monday.
Incessant rains accompanied by thunder-squalls and hailstorms have disrupted normal life across the Northeastern region over the past three days. Itanagar received 105 mm of rain on Monday,while Imphal recorded 30 mm. Silchar in southern Assam received 100 mm of rain,while Cherrapunji (now renamed Sohra) recorded 360 mm.
The regional Met office here said Assam had already experiencing over 46 per cent rains above normal between March 1 and April 15. While the normal rainfall during these six weeks is 184.9 mm,Assam had already registered 269.6 mm of rainfall in the past six weeks.
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