Mawsynram sets new June rainfall record at 1003 mm in 24 hours
Meghalaya’s Mawsynram, the world’s wettest place, rewrote its June rainfall records held since 1940.
- The 24-hour rainfall recorded recently was a whopping 6mm, surpassing the previous record of 945.4mm of 1966.
- The second closest rainfall record was held by nearby Cherrapunji, another wet place, where the 24-hour rainfall was 972mm.
- Mawsynram is situated in East Khasi Hill district of Meghalaya, 15 km west of Cherrapunji, Mawsynram is 1400 m above sea level.
- The ‘Maw’ in Mawsynram is a Khasi word which means ‘stone’, thus referring to certain megaliths found in the Khasi Hill area.
- The village is most famous for the gigantic formation of a stalagmite, which resembles the shape of a ‘shivling’.
- With 11,872 mm of rainfall received annually, Mawsynram beats Cherrapunji by a slender margin.
- Cherrapunji receives 11,777 mm of rainfall.
- The rains are so intense in Mawsynram that the villagers use thick grass to sound-proof their huts from the deafening rain.
- The women of Mawsynram use rain covers known as ‘knups’, using bamboo slivers, plastic sheets and broom grass to create a rain shield that resembles a turtle shell, which is then worn on the head.
- The knups are large enough to keep rain off the whole body right up to the knees.
- Meteorologists believe Mawsynram’s location plays a huge part in it receiving huge amount of rainfall.
- Moisture gathers over the Bay of Bengal, it causes precipitation over Mawsynram, leading to a heavy and very long monsoon season.