Cherrapunji regained the World record for highest rainfall in 48 hours

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) panel announced that Cherrapunji regained the world record for highest rainfall in 48 hours with 2493 millimeters

Created On: Apr 17, 2014 12:10 IST

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) panel on 4 April 2014 announced that Cherrapunji in India regained the world record for highest rainfall in 48 hours with 2493 millimeters. The previous highest rainfall in Cherrapunji was recorded on 15–16 June 1995.

The previous world record for 48-hour rainfall was held by La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. La Reunion Island holds the record with 2467 millimeters from April 1958.  L Reunion is a French island with a population of 840974 inhabitants located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Mauritius.

imageLa Reunion is frequently hit by tropic cyclones and received large amounts of rainfall over its mountains. It continued to hold the record for the most rainfall over periods of 12-hours and 24-hours from 1966. The record of highest 72 hours and 96 hours was made in 2007.

The new 48-hour record reaffirms Cherrapunji (also known as Sohra) as one of the wettest places on Earth. Cherrapunji also hold record rainfall for a 12-month (one-year) period, with 26470 mm (86 feet 10 inches) of rain from August 1860 to July 1861.

Cherrapunji’s extensive rains are the result of summer monsoon depressions interacting with its mountainous topography.

Cherrapunji is situated on a plateau in the state of Meghalaya at an average elevation of 1484 metres (4 869 ft), facing the plains of Bangladesh.

Take Weekly Tests on app for exam prep and compete with others. Download Current Affairs and GK app

एग्जाम की तैयारी के लिए ऐप पर वीकली टेस्ट लें और दूसरों के साथ प्रतिस्पर्धा करें। डाउनलोड करें करेंट अफेयर्स ऐप


Related Stories

Comment (0)

Post Comment

7 + 4 =
Disclaimer: Comments will be moderated by Jagranjosh editorial team. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant will not be published. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection.

    Monthly Current Affairs PDF

    • Current Affairs PDF November 2021
    • Current Affairs PDF October 2021
    • Current Affairs PDF September 2021
    • Current Affairs PDF August 2021
    • Current Affairs PDF July 2021
    • Current Affairs PDF June 2021
    View all

    Monthly Current Affairs Quiz PDF

    • Current Affairs Quiz PDF November 2021
    • Current Affairs Quiz PDF October 2021
    • Current Affairs Quiz PDF September 2021
    • Current Affairs Quiz PDF August 2021
    • Current Affairs Quiz PDF July 2021
    • Current Affairs Quiz PDF June 2021
    View all