Cherrapunji


Cherrapunji

India
      village, Meghalaya (Meghālaya) state, northeastern India, located on the Shillong Plateau about 35 miles (55 km) southwest of Shillong. It is noted for having one of the world's highest average annual precipitation levels, about 450 inches (11,430 mm). In addition, it had the greatest recorded total single-year rainfall, 1,042 inches (26,467 mm) in August 1860–July 1861, and one of the greatest recorded one-month total rainfalls, 366 inches (9,296 mm) in July 1861. The heavy precipitation results from the village's location on the plateau's southern edge, at which point the saturated summer monsoon air rises up the southern slope and cools rapidly, releasing enormous quantities of condensed water.

      The village serves as a trade centre for the area's agricultural products. The Cera coal mine is nearby. Cherrapunji was the capital of the independent Khasi states until it was succeeded by Shillong in 1864. It is still inhabited mainly by Khasi (Khāsi) peoples, who are largely Christian and who have a matriarchal social system. Pop. (2001) 10,086.

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