The last time Assam was in the eye of a storm it was in 2019 when Cyclone Fani hit the eastern coast and continued its trail of destruction through the northeast and weakened after it reached north Myanmar. High velocity gusting winds and heavy rainfall had lashed the city. . Weathermen had said in the last 52 years, 10 cyclones of such intensity had hit the eastern coast and Fani was one of them.
Two years later, another cyclone struck the coast again. “Yaas was such a huge system that its impact was felt even in the northeast in the form of rain and clouds. Despite the cyclone track heading in an entirely opposite direction towards the northwest, this region could not fully escape its fury,” regional meteorological centre (RMC) deputy director general, Sanjay O’Neill Shaw, said. “The movement of the cyclone was well predicted by the IMD. The northeastern region was not in the path and so the impact was less,” Shaw said.
Data available with the IMD has indicated that light to moderate rain occurred at most places over Arunachal Pradesh and at many places over Assam and Meghalaya in the last 24 hours under the impact of the storm. Light rain occurred at a few places over Mizoram, at isolated places over Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura with isolated heavy rain over Arunachal Pradesh in the last 24 hours but there are no major reports of damage to lives and property in the region.
The only reported incident was in Sonbeel Lake in Karimganj district in south Assam where a country boat capsized with five people on Wednesday evening. Three villagers were rescued by the SDRF on Wednesday and on Thursday, the rescuers retrieved two bodies. South Assam districts were swept by gusty winds on Wednesday, as the RMC of the India Meteorological Department had issued an ‘orange’ alert for Assam and Meghalaya, asking the two states to be prepared to face some impact.
The deep depression over south Jharkhand moved northwards with a speed of about 9 kmph over 6 hours, weakened into a depression and lay centred at 11.30 am on Thursday over central parts of Jharkhand, about 20 km east of Ranchi (Jharkhand) and 95 km southwest of Jamshedpur. “The system is very likely to move northwards and weaken into a well marked low pressure area in the next 12 hours,” read an IMD statement.