In a much needed respite from the scorching summers, the season of monsoon has officially arrived on the southern shores of India. Though late by four days, the Southwest monsoon hit Kerala early on Friday marking the beginning of the rainy season. Every year this season is eagerly awaited by the farming community and the government, for its failure or deficiency holds the potential to cause an impact on the economy, especially the food grain output and price rise.
“Southwest Monsoon has set in over Kerala, today, 5th June as against the normal date of 1st June,” the press note released by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
“It has further advanced into entire south Arabian Sea, some more parts of Central Arabian Sea, entire Lakshadweep area and Kerala, some parts of coastal and southern interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, remanining parts of southeast Bay of Bengal and some parts of central and northeast Bay of Bengal,” the release read further.
According to the Met department the conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into some parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, some more parts of Rayalseema and coastal Andhra Pradesh, and northeast India in next 48 hours.
It is certainly good news for the people of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh who have been reeling under one of the severest spells of summer. With temperature reaching higher than 47 degree Celsius in large parts of the Deccan in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, more than 2000 people had lost their lives.
Besides, the monsoon will be keenly monitored by the farmers as well as the government, both at the Centre and at the states, for there has been a forecast of “deficient” monsoon this year. The Met department’s announcement of rainfalls falling short to 88% of the normal has already sparked off the fears of drought.
For the farming community already struggling with an agrarian crises and shortfall in the production, a good season of monsoon is certain to bring both respite and the hope.