Monsoon Hits Kerala Coast: IMD
New Delhi: After a delay of a week, southwest monsoon hit Kerala coast on Saturday, marking the beginning of the four-month rainy season in the country.
“Monsoon has made an onset over Kerala today (June 8),” said India Meteorological Department’s Director General-designate Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.
Several parts of Kerala have started receiving a good amount of rainfall.
Noteworthy, most of the rural countryside depends on the four-month monsoon season, which accounts for 75 per cent of the annual rainfall, due to a lack of adequate alternative source of irrigation. A good monsoon has a direct impact on the economy as agriculture remains the major contributor to India’s GDP.
The arrival of monsoon comes in the wake of the north Indian plains, central India and parts of south India recording temperatures over 45 degrees Celsius. Mercury has soared to over 50 degrees in parts of Rajasthan.
The delay in monsoon has no co-relation to the overall quantum of the rainfall. However, monsoon will be late in other parts of the country due to its overall delay.
The IMD further added that monsoon in Delhi is likely to be delayed by two-three days from its usual onset on June 29. However, Skymet said it may take at least a week longer.