Heavy rain in Kerala

The arrival of monsoon rain with Kerala receiving the first showers on Monday is bound to be sweet music to millions of farmers given the drought last year which devastated the kharif crop across much of the country. The monsoon had arrived in the Andamans three days ahead on May 17. It usually takes 10 days from then to reach Kerala, but cyclone Laila delayed the process.

In the past 24 hours, Kerala received good rainfall with Vadakara in Kozhikode district recording a maximum of 16cm. Last year, the monsoon had advanced over the South Andaman Sea on May 20. It reached Kerala on May 23, a week before schedule.

The Met department on Monday announced the onset of the southwest monsoon in India after rain in the southern state for the past few days met all requisite criteria for the official declaration to be made. The monsoon is expected to hit Karnataka on Today (Tuesday). A department release said, “Southwest monsoon has further advanced into most parts of south Arabian sea, entire Kerala, south Tamil Nadu and some parts of the southwest Bay of Bengal on Monday. Conditions are favourable for advance into some parts of central Arabian Sea, coastal and south interior Karnataka and Goa during the next 48 hours. Further advance will depend upon the intensity and direction of movement of the low pressure area currently lying over Arabian Sea.’’

The monsoon had arrived in the Andamans three days ahead on May 17 but cyclone Laila delayed the process which usually takes 10 days from Andamans to reach Kerala. The monsoon is expected to hit Karnataka on Tuesday. Average rainfall in India during the monsoon season is 89cm, as against the annual average of 120cm.

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