The Meghalaya Government has issued high alert in the State as heavy rains have been forecast.

With the Meteorological Department forecasting heavy rains in the State, the Meghalaya Government has asked all the district administrations to be on high alert.

The Meteorological Department has forecast inclement weather on Thursday in Meghalaya.

Meghalaya Minister Kyrmen Shylla has said that thunderstorms have already affected people in parts of Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills districts.

“District administrations have been asked to monitor the situation in their areas and take necessary precautionary measures as heavy rain continues since Tuesday,” Meghalaya Minister Kyrmen Shylla said.

Notably, an amount of Rs 20 lakh has been allocated for each district to provide immediate relief to affected families, Shylla said.

Several houses have been damaged in the rains and thunderstorms that lashed Jaintia Hills since Tuesday, Kyrmen Shylla informed.

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Earlier the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted heavy rains in six Northeast States from March 29 till April 1.

The IMD had issued an orange alert for Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.

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

Yellow alert was also issued for Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

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 North-eastern state to record ‘excess’ showers worth 167.9 mm.

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