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Shillong News | SHILLONG, August 30, 2018

After having recently lost its ‘wettest place on earth’ tag to nearby Mawsynram, Cherrapunjee has now lost the distinction to Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra, official sources said on Wednesday.

According to the India Meterological department (IMD), Cherrapunji has received substantially less rain this year as compared to the average it gets during the south-west monsoon.

Between June 1 and August 28, the erstwhile wettest place on earth in Meghalaya got 4,730.2 mm rainfall as compared to 6,960 mm in the same period last year. In a normal rainy season (May to October), Cherrupunji, known for its waterfalls, gets about 8,000 mm of rain.

Mahabaleshwar, which falls in the hilly terrain of Western Ghats so far has received 5,619 mm rainfall, about 100 mm more than what it got in the entire season in 2017.

This is the third instance since 1994 that Mahabaleshwar surpassed the rainfall received by Cherrapunjee, the IMD data said.

“The heavy rain in and around Mahabaleshwar was because of the low pressure that had formed over West Bengal-Odisha and the movement of this system towards Central India,” said AK Srivastava, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD, Pune.

“This year also, the cumulative rainfall of all seven north eastern states is 27% deficit, while Meghalaya is 33% deficit so far,” Srivastava said.

According to the senior IMD official, the situation will remain more or less the same for the next few days and if this trend continues, Mahabaleshwar will clearly emerge as the place with maximum rainfall in the country this season.

Cherrapunji holds two Guinness world records for receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year, 26,471mm (1,042.2 in) of rainfall between August 1860 and July 1861 and the maximum amount of rainfall in a single month (9,300mm) in July 1861.

With Hindustan Times inputs

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