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April 21, 2010 / Dave Gorham

India: Heavy Rain Causes Massive Flooding in Guwahati, Assam

Heavy rain has caused massive flooding in the eastern India town of Guwahati in Assam state. More than 200 people were rescued using rubber boats and rafts from various areas within the city on Tuesday.  Widespread pre-monsoon rains continue to fall across the state today and nearly 3.0 inches (80.4 mm) of rain has been recorded so far in Guwahati since Monday.

Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps 2.0

Water levels in all the major rivers continue to rise rapidly following the heavy rain that has fallen the past few days. Transportation has also been disrupted as some of the roads were flooded with water up to waist level. Knee-deep water has flooded some ground floor homes.

Heavy rain falling in the streets of Guwahati on Monday. Image: Eastern Projections

India’s pre-monsoon season runs from March to May with their rainy (or monsoon) season running June through September. More rain is expected Wednesday and Thursday which could make matters even worse. Strong wind gusts will also be possible.


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