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Tragically Beautiful

  Hello Everyone! For the past three days, it has been raining heavily here. I mean, it is raining too much. July and August months are the time when the monsoon goes at its peak. Well, I think this time, Monson went over its peak. So I thought of sharing what had happened due to this rain and what might be the reason. Our region, western ghats has an average rainfall of 3000-4000 per year. And it is completely normal for us to be isolated for one week in this mid-monsoon time. But from 5-6 years this system is going quite different. The worst situation I’ve ever seen in the monsoon was in 2019. We got one week break from school and even helicopters came to rescue the people stuck in the flood( not here. In some other part of our district). But 2021’s rain broke this record. The highest rainfall in the whole state recorded in these three days is 541mm which is in a small village in our district. In our village, the first day we got average rainfall of 185 mm which is way too high for o
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Rowdy Birds!

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A tree of History!

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