Guwahati: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast an intense wet spell over Northeast India in the coming week. Starting Monday, the Met department has also predicted flood-like situation over majority of the region until next Friday.

According to the Met department, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram between March 29 and April 2.

“Under the influence of strong lower level southwesterly winds from the Bay of Bengal, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with thunderstorm/lightning at isolated places are very likely over Northeast India between March 29 and April 2, with maximum activity on expected on March 30-31,” a statement issued by the IMD said.

Flood-like situation may also occur over the region during this period, the weather department said.

“Isolated heavy rains on March 29 & April 1, as well as isolated heavy to very heavy rains on March 30-31 are very likely over south Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram,” the Met department said, adding, “Isolated heavy rains are likely over Arunachal Pradesh on April 1.”

Between March 29 and April 1, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura are expected to receive massive thunderstorms, lightning and high winds at the rate of 40-50 kmph, approximately.

The weather department has advised that farming operations be suspended during the event.

“It may cause landslides and inundation of low lying areas at some places over south Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram during March 30-April 1,” the Met department said.

Met officials have issued warnings of “damage to plantations, horticulture and standing crops, as well as injury to people and cattle at open places dur to the strong winds.”

The Met department has advised people to keep windows and doors in their homes and offices closed, as well as to stay indoors and avoid travel during the period if possible. Officials have also advised against lying on concrete floors or leaning against concrete walls.

“Unplug electrical and electronic appliances, get out of water bodies, keep away from objects that conduct electricity,” the weather advisory says.

The department has also warned of very heavy rainfall during this period in areas over south Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura.

“The weather events may cause flooding, water logging, low visibility conditions, damage to kutcha roads and other vulnerable structures, localized landslides and mudslides.”

Officials have advised to avoid staying in vulnerable structures during this period.

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