Monsoon hits Kerala and North-East two days early

RSTV Bureau

monsoonThe Southwest monsoon, which brings seasonal rain to the Indian subcontinent, hit Kerala and the North East on Tuesday, two days before its normal onset date.

The normal onset date for the monsoon in Kerala, which marks its official arrival in the country, is June 1.

The news will bring cheer to farmers, especially from the drought-hit states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. More than 50 per cent of the country’s farmers rely on monsoon for growing their produce.

According to the met department monsoon is likely to remain active for the next four days and advance into most of Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu in the next 24 hours.

Earlier this month, the Andaman and Nicobar islands which are the first areas to receive monsoon rains, received rainfall six days ahead of schedule.

Monsoon also hit parts of North-East India including Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday due to cyclone Mora over the Bay of Bengal which aided the advancement of seasonal rainfall.

Director General of the India Meteorological Department KJ Ramesh said monsoon also hit the North East, because of Cyclone Mora, which aided the advancement of the seasonal rainfall.

The met department has predicted higher than average rainfall this year as the weather phenomenon El Nino has eased to moderate level.

Along with India, the monsoon also arrived in parts of Bangladesh and Myanmar today.

Sri Lanka, where the monsoon arrived on May 20, has been witnessing heavy rainfall that has claimed nearly 200 lives.

(With inputs from PTI)