Sinlung /
21 June 2013

Heavy Rain in Shillong Throws Life Out Of Gear

Shillong, Jun 21 : After days of hot and humid weather, intermittent to heavy showers have been lashing the Meghalaya capital and other places in the state over the last few days.

Heavy rainfall literally lashed the hill city on Wednesday throwing life out of gear and water-logging in certain low-lying areas, including the Polo Grounds.

Traffic snarls, which are a regular feature in the city, became even more chaotic, especially during school hours, and police found it difficult to manage the unending flow of cars. "Monsoon has arrived and these heavy showers are but precursors to more rain in the days and months to come," said a senior official of the local weather office.

Water level in the vital and scenic Barapani (Umiam) Lake, which is the only major source of hydroelectric power in the state, too, has been rising steadily with increase in the intensity of rain.

The various waterfalls in and around the city are gurgling down in full majestic gusto with the rainwater feeding their sources, even as the perennial catchment areas atop the hills, which are the sources of numerous springs, are rejuvenated with the much-needed water from the skies.

With puddles taking the shape of ponds and streams in full spate with the arrival of the rains, it is also time for competitive and friendly fishing, especially in the rural areas, and in certain parts within and outside the city as well.

Sohra (Cherrapunjee), which receives one of the highest rainfalls on earth, is also receiving heavy rainfall on a daily basis with the clouds hanging low, a spectacular sight for the numerous tourists who have been flocking the enchanting and world renowned place.

On the other hand, there have been reports of minor landslides triggered by heavy showers at some places along the national highway, which, however, were promptly cleared by the authorities to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

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