Mahabaleshwar Received Highest Rainfall over Last 8 Days, Surpasses Mawsynram as Wettest Place on Earth
Cherrapunji receives heavy rainfall as the moisture from the Bay of Bengal condenses over the Khasi Hills. Similarly, the moisture from the Arabian Sea brings heavy rainfall to Mahabaleshwar.
A file photo shows a flooded area in Kolhapur. (PTI)
New Delhi: Mahabaleshwar, a hill station located south of Mumbai, has received an average of around 250 mm of rainfall every day over the last eight days, putting it in the running for the record of the wettest place on earth, according to a report in 'The Weather Channel India'.
Mawsynram in Meghalaya's Cherrapunji is considered to be the wettest place on earth. Cherapunji has held the record as the wettest land-based location on Earth, with an average annual rainfall of 11,872 mm that is more than 10 times India’s average rainfall (of 1,083 mm).
Since June 1, Mahabaleshwar has received 5,486 mm of rainfall against 5,346 mm rainfall in Mawsynram.
Cherrapunji receives heavy rainfall as the moisture from the Bay of Bengal condenses over the Khasi Hills. Similarly, the moisture from the Arabian Sea brings rainfall to Mahabaleshwar — the precipitation has been unusually high over the past few years.
Maharashtra has received heavy rainfall this month, with Kadegaon receiving 293 mm, Shirala 326 mm, Walva Islampur 185 mm and Miraj 132.4 mm of rainfall between August 1-6, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in a statement. This has resulted in floods in many cities in the western parts of the state. Nine people died in Sangli on Thursday after a boat, carrying about 30 persons, capsized during rescue operations. As many as 16 were rescued, while others remain missing.
Till Wednesday, around 1.32 lakh flood-affected people in Pune region were affected by heavy rains and shifted to safer places. In Kolhapur, three villages with 7,000 people have been cut off completely and efforts were on to evacuate them.
A number of states, including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and areas in the Konkan region have witnessed torrential rainfall over the past few days, with the IMD forecasting heavy rainfall for the coming two to three days.
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