SIDR disrupts communication in NE

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Guwahati, Nov 16 (UNI) Surface communication and power supply were disrupted in many parts of the North East specially south Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura, as the cyclonic storm SIDR weakened to a depression and centred over the three states since early today.

An alert was sounded by Tripura and Meghalaya governments on the Indo-Bangladesh border last night as the cyclone lashed Bangladesh yesterday, leaving more than 200 dead.

Official sources informed that though no casualty was reported, surface communication and power supply were disrupted in several places.

Wind blew at the speed of over 40 kmph in Meghalaya last night, with rain fall of 138.2 mm, and Tripura was swept by gusty winds of speed of 230 kmph, with rainfall of 74.6 mm.

Met sources informed here that strong wind with speed reaching 50-60 kmph was also likely over south and west Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram during the next 48 hours.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to take place over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram, with extremely heavy rain at one or two places over West and South Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram during the same period. Arunachal Pradesh will also witness fairly widespread rain, the sources added.

Temperatures have also plumetted significantly across the region, though the onset of winter is still a couple of weeks away, with minimum temperatures dipping to under 10 degrees Celsius in several places of the region.

The Met department sources, however, informed that the temperatures will rise a bit after the next 48 hours when the cyclonic system moves further north-northeastward.

The cyclonic storm SIDR over north Bay of Bengal had moved north-northeastward and crossed Bangladesh coast last night. It further moved in the north-northeastward direction and thereafter weakened into a depression and lay centred over Bangladesh, Tripura, Meghalaya and South Assam, about 50 km north of Agartala.

The cyclonic system had spared West Bengal even as an alert was sounded in West Bengal as well as Orissa since yesterday.

Meteorological department sources informed that though the system will weaken further, it will effect NE for at least the next 48 hours.

UNI

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