What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

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In the northeast of India, along the state border with Bangladesh, dotted with rivers and streams, drowning in tropical forests, there is a hilly "Abode of Clouds", which sounds like Meghalaya in Sanskrit.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

In the Eastern Khasi Mountains is the town of Mosinrem, known as the rainiest place on Earth. The annual precipitation rate here exceeds 11,870 mm . People who work outdoors often wear unusual huge umbrellas covering the whole body and made of bamboo and banana leaves.

One of the most interesting and beautiful features in the region are "living bridges" made of rubber trees, which, unlike conventional bridges, become stronger and stronger over time due to the development of the root system. Travel photographer Amos Chapple spent some time in this amazing place.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

This is the very town of Mosinrem in the northeast of India.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

As usual, it's raining.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

The sign "The wettest place on Earth".

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

These are not boats, these are "umbrellas". They are made of bamboo and banana leaves.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

Due to the monsoon rains that go until October, rockfalls often occur. Serious repair work is impossible in this weather, but people are clearing the roads as far as possible. Such workers receive $2.60 per day.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

These are the famous "living bridges".

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

Thin tree roots that locals tie in knots to strengthen the "living bridges".

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

Sunday masses in the Catholic Church. Parishioners walk in the pouring rain.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

Clouds on the edge of the town.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

Entrance to the town of Mosinrem. And again torrential rain.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

The annual precipitation rate here exceeds 11,870 mm . For comparison, the annual precipitation rate in Moscow is 691 millimeters.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

"We can't think about it. It always rains here," says a meat supplier to the local market.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

Goats escape from the rain at the bus stop.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

In this valley, "living bridges" have been used for centuries.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

In addition to the "living bridges" there are also "living stairs".

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

The bridge consists of a bamboo frame, which is tied with the roots of rubber trees. For 6-8 years, bamboo rots and remains a "living bridge" of roots that are already able to withstand the weight of a person. Over time, such a structure only strengthens.

What does the wettest place on Earth look like, a town in the Indian state of Meghalaya

"The Living Bridge".

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