Most rivers of the state have North-South flow and may overflow because of intense rains in the catchment areas. Credit: Representational Image

Kohima: Rivers in Nagaland are likely to witness overflow of water due to heavy rains in the catchment areas. The Dhanasiri river, which is a tributary of the Brahmaputra, is expected to have a massive flow of water in the coming days as the Brahmaputra river rises above the danger level.

A weather update from the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Home Department in coordination with Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati warned that the Dhanasari river may have large flow of water as the Brahmaputra rises above danger level at many places due to the prolonged spell of heavy rain in Assam and Arunachal.

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“It is therefore important to take necessary precautionary measures during this time as most rivers of the state are North-South flow and may overflow because of intense rains in the catchment areas,” the update said.

Nagaland will be experiencing heavy rains and strong winds with the possibility of flash floods, as well as landslides from July 1-12. The second half of this period is expected to get more intense than the former.

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During this period, thundershowers and lighting accompanied with heavy rains is expected in the districts of Mon, Mokokchung, Longleng, Tuensang, Peren, Phek, Kiphire and Zunheboto. State Capital Kohima is likely to have moderate to heavy rains from July 7-10.

The NSDMA, Home Department urged the public to be vigilant and not to shelter under large trees and near the river banks to prevent unnecessary risk to life from lightning and flash flood.

It requested all the DDMAs and other line departments who are responsible to attend to any emergencies caused by natural calamities and to be on alert to save lives and properties during this monsoon period.

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