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Cherrapunji regained the World record for highest rainfall in 48 hours

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.

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