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'Orange Alert' Issued in Assam, Meghalaya, & Arunachal as Heavy Rainfall Looms

Assam, Meghalaya, & Arunachal Pradesh are expected to see heavy rainfall and thunderstorms tomorrow and the day after

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Sentinel Digital Desk

GUWAHATI: The regional weather forecasting centre in Guwahati has issued "orange alerts" for September 2 and 3 in Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh, signaling a return of rains even as Sikkim battled landslides and closure of roads.

The monsoon trough at mean sea level passes through Amritsar, Rohtak, Bareilly, Varanasi, Patna, Balurghat and thence eastwards to Nagaland across north Bangladesh and Assam.

"Under its influence, fairly widespread/widespread rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm/lightning/ heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely to occur over the northeastern states,' said an official release.

From September 1-5, light to moderate rainfall is expected at most places with isolated heavy rainfall. The weather agencies have also predicted thunderstorm and lightning at isolated places.

The Centre has urged people living in the 7 sister states to follow traffic advisories issued, if any. People have also been asked to avoid going to areas that face water logging problems, such as river fronts.

People staying in vulnerable structures and areas that are prone to landslides have also been asked to shift.

It is pertinent to mention here that Assam saw the worst spate of flooding in over a decade as the deluge wrought destruction in two waves that left at least 199 people dead.

As the flood situation improves in India, neighbouring Pakistan has been hit by a devastating deluge that has damaged properties worth over $10 billion.

According to the U.N. Population Fund, 6.4 million flood victims in Pakistan need humanitarian assistance.

Days ago, Pakistan and the United Nations issued an appeal for $160 million in emergency funding to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he was "saddened" to see the devastation and "hoped for an early restoration of normalcy". Now, all eyes are glued on the Prime Minister to see if India rushes humanitarian aid its neighbour in its time of need.

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