In many places the rain is a blessing, in many others it is the cause of disaster, but in a part of Meghalaya is a habitual thing.
The village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya receives 467 inches of rain per year , making it the wettest place on Earth. One of the most fascinating and beautiful features in the region are the “living bridges” spanning rain-soaked valleys. For centuries, locals have been training the roots of rubber trees to grow into natural bridges, far outlasting man-made wooden structures that rot in just a few years. The bridges are self-strengthening, becoming more substantial over time, as the root systems grow.
So much so that workers who work outdoors often carry full body umbrellas made of bamboo and banana leaves.
The other inhabitants are so accustomed that a rain is not something that can stop them.
The heavy rains are due to the summer air currents moving over the plains of Bangladesh, the gathering of moisture move north, the clouds that form hit the steep hills of Meghalaya where they break.
Another of the most fascinating and beautiful features of the region are the “living bridges” of rain-drenched valleys.
These are natural bridges that locals have been forming for centuries manipulating the roots of rubber trees. The great advantage is that in this way the bridges are self-reinforcing naturally.
The skeleton of these bridges is of bamboo, with tendrils of the rubber trees, apparently have to spend from 6-8 years so that the roots of the tree are able to support the weight of a person.
The goats already have their place of shelter in case of heavy rain …