Monsoon arrives in NE

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Guwahati, June 4 (UNI) With intermittent moderate to heavy showers over the entire North East, including Assam, the monsoon has heralded its arrival in the region, bringing the much-needed rainfall on which the farmers of the NE are dependent.

Met officials said here today the monsoons had already become active in almost the entire NE region with one of the world's most wettest place Cherrapunjee leading the way.

The Met office forecast normal rainfall for the region and already the first signs of the annual floods are evident in Dhemaji district of Assam.

Cherrapunjee has recorded 13 cm of rainfall so far, followed by Beki Mathanguri, Motunga and North Lakhimpur with 11 each, Itanagar and Jorhat six each, Golaghat, Numaligarh and Gangtok four each, Guwahati, Neamatghat, Tezpur and Dhubri three each, Cooch Behar, Seppa, Nalbari and Sibsagar two each, Ziro, Bihubar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh and Shillong one cm each.

The rainfall is expected to continue for the next week as the main stretch of the monsoon clouds are yet to arrive, the officials said.

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