IMD warns of very heavy rainfall in Nagaland, NE with Orange Alert

IMD warns of very heavy rainfall in Nagaland, NE with Orange Alert

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded the alarm, issuing an Orange Alert for the states of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura. The region is bracing for the possibility of isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall on 2 May 2024, with expected rainfall amounts ranging from 115.5mm to a staggering 204.4mm.

The Orange Alert, which urges residents to “Be Prepared”, comes as a result of a cyclonic circulation currently positioned over northeast Assam, with a trough extending from north Bihar to Manipur at lower tropospheric levels.

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This meteorological setup is a recipe for significant rainfall across the region, accompanied by thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds ranging from 40-50 km/h.

The expected weather conditions pose several risks, including potential disruptions to electricity and the possibility of landslides, rock falls, and mudslides.

These hazards could lead to the blocking or washout of roads, motorways, and bridges, severely impacting traffic flow and damaging less secure structures.

The IMD has advised the public to steer clear of areas prone to sudden flooding, such as roadway underpasses and drainage ditches, and to stay away from power lines and electrical wires during the storm.

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An Orange Alert is a significant advisory level in the IMD’s colour-coded weather warning system. It signals that all stakeholders, including disaster management teams and the general public, need to prepare for adverse weather conditions that could disrupt daily life and cause property damage.

This level of alert suggests that the weather conditions are severe enough to warrant heightened preparedness but are not as critical as those that would trigger a Red Alert, where immediate action is required.

Heavy rainfall in Nagaland

Northeast India, where the states under alert are located, is known for its substantial rainfall during the monsoon season, which is primarily influenced by the southwest monsoon.

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This region receives one of the highest annual rainfall totals in the country, contributing to its lush green landscapes but also making it prone to frequent flooding and related geological hazards.

Given the forecast and potential risks, the IMD and local authorities recommend several precautionary measures. Residents should secure loose outdoor items and check for the stability of structures. Avoiding travel during the storm, unless absolutely necessary, is advised. Staying informed through official weather updates and alerts is crucial for timely action.

The issuance of an Orange Alert by the IMD is a proactive measure intended to mitigate the impact of severe weather conditions on the lives and property of the residents of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura.

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By adhering to the guidelines and staying prepared, the communities can better handle the challenges posed by the anticipated heavy rainfall. As always, the situation warrants close monitoring as weather conditions can change rapidly.

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