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Aizawl records highest temp in 20 years, cyclone hits

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl 

The capital city of on Monday experienced its hottest day in 20 years as the mercury soared to 34.2 degrees Celsius, an said.

Temperatures are being recorded in the state since 1999, and the maximum temperature that was recorded before Monday, was on a day in April 2015 when it rose to 34.1 degrees Celsius, the of the Directorate of Science and technology, Dr R K Lallianthanga, said.

While the maximum temperature recorded in Aizawl on Monday was 34.2 degrees Celsius, the minimum temperature was 17.8 degrees Celsius, Lallianthanga said, adding, the maximum and minimum temperatures in the city on Sunday were 34.1 degrees and 17 degrees respectively.

The city virtually turned into a boiling cauldron on Sunday and Monday, an said, adding, the people of Aizawl are not used to such conditions since they live on hilltops.

The also said that the sweltering heat would be much more in low-lying areas of the state.

Temperature over 32 degrees is regarded almost unbearable in this hilly state where the average temperature is generally between 11 and 21 degrees Celsius during winter and between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius during summer, the official added.

Meanwhile, around 100 houses were reportedly damaged by a strong cyclone that hit areas near the Mizoram- border on Monday, officials said.

Vairengte town, along 54 bordering Assam's district was the worst hit where a total of 40 houses were damaged, they said.

Various electric poles and mobile phone towers in and around the town were uprooted also, an official said.

A number of villages - Bilkhawthlir, Saipum and Phainuam - were hit by the cyclone.

We are waiting for detailed reports, the official said.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 21:25 IST
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