GUWAHATI, March 18 – Guwahatians were harassed by the dust raising wind for the second consecutive day today though with a comparatively lesser intensity. However, the report about the likelihood of rainfall over the city during the next 24 hours may sound soothing for the harassed Guwahatians.
Noted environmental scientist Prof Dulal Chandra Goswami attributed the present condition to wanton removal of the green cover, loss of wetlands and other water bodies, massive earth cutting and filling activities almost everywhere and vehicular emission on the congested city roads.
The civil society is suffering due to its own reckless deeds and selfish attitude together with the failure of the authorities to execute the regulatory and preventive norms meant for the purpose, said Prof Goswami.
Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC) sources here attribute improvement in the condition today to a cloud cover over the city, lesser intensity of the surface wind and increased rate of relative surface humidity.
Today, the city recorded a relative surface humidity of 26 per cent at 2.30 pm and 42 per cent at 5.30 pm. Yesterday, the city recorded a relative surface humidity of 26 per cent at 2.30 pm and 22 per cent at 5.30 pm.
Yesterday, at 2-30 pm, the speed of the surface wind was around 15 km per hour and today at 2-30 pm, the city recorded a surface wind speed of 18km per hour, which got reduced to 10 km per hour at 5-30 pm, RMC sources said.