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Alert has been issued in six Northeast States, as the region is likely to witness heavy rains starting Monday (March 29).

Widespread rainfall, along with thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds blowing between the speeds of 30-50 kmph are all likely to hit isolated places of Northeast from March 29 to April 2.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), strong lower-level south-westerly winds blowing in from the Bay of Bengal are set to affect the weather across Northeast.

As per predictions, rainfall will be at its peak between March 30 and March 31.

Heavy to very heavy rains have been predicted on March 30 at isolated locations in South Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.

“The intense downpour could very well lead to landslides and inundation of low-lying areas in these four states on Wednesday and Thursday,” IMD forecasted.

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The IMD has already issued an orange alert over Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The IMD advisory urged residents to “be prepared” for rough conditions.

Yellow alert has also been issued Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh for Sunday till Wednesday.

The yellow-level advisory urges residents to “be aware” of their local weather situation.

Between March 1 and 26, Arunachal Pradesh (83.5 mm), Assam (25.2 mm), Nagaland (27.4 mm) and Tripura (28.3 mm) have recorded ‘deficit’ rain figures as compared to their respective long-term average figures for this period.

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Whereas Meghalaya (17.4 mm), Manipur (10 mm) and Mizoram (9.1 mm) have registered “large deficit” precipitation.

Sikkim, on the other hand, is the only Northeastern state to record ‘excess’ showers worth 167.9 mm.

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