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Record rainfall at Mawsynram

By The Assam Tribune

MAWSYNRAM, Aug 20 - Perched on the edge of a ridge in the southern slopes of Meghalaya�s East Khasi Hills district, the tiny town of Mawsynram has received record highest rainfall in a single day with a little over 745 mm or nearly 30 inches of rainfall.

With over 745 mm of rains yesterday, the town has received over 1,500 mm of rainfall within the last three days. Shops and other business establishments remained closed and only a few cars plied on the road in view of the incessant rains.

�Mawsynram received 745.2 mm of rainfall on August 19 and this could be the highest rainfall received by the town and its nearby areas till date,� an official data collector of the IMD here told PTI.

The official said that the record is almost twice as that of what Sohra (erstwhile Cherrapunji) received on the same day. �Sohra received 471.7 mm of rainfall yesterday, the highest in the last 10 years. In August 2005, it received 407.7 mm of rainfall,� head of the meteorology office at Sohra, Vijay Kumar Singh, said.

Both Mawsynram and Sohra towns have received bountiful rainfall this year, breaking their own records for several years. � PTI

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