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Kerala Receives Good Amount of Rainfall after the Arrival of Monsoon

India Meteorological Department's Director General designate Mrutyunjay Mohapatra told news agency PTI that "Monsoon has made an onset over Kerala ".

Several parts of Kerala have started receiving a good amount of rainfall. Due to a lack of adequate alternative source of irrigation, rural India is heavily dependent on a good monsoon season. Around 75 per cent of the rainfall is from the fourth month monsoon season; a good season has a direct impact on the economy as agriculture remains a major contributor to the country's GDP. 

Most of rural India 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.  

Private weather forecaster Skymet has predicted a weak monsoon this time- it has been the second driest pre-monsoon season in 65 years. A meteorologist at Skymet told news agency ANI that the recorded pre-monsoon showers this time is just 99mm against a normal of 131.5mm. The IMD has however maintained monsoon will be "normal" for 2019. 

Due to a lack of adequate alternative source of irrigation, rural India is heavily dependent on a good monsoon season. Around 75 per cent of the rainfall is from the fourth month monsoon season; a good season has a direct impact on the economy as agriculture remains a major contributor to the country's GDP. 

A rainfall deficiency of 25 per cent has been reported since   three-month pre-monsoon season - March, April and May. A water crisis has persisted in the country leading to agricultural distress with a dip in water level in reservoirs in west and south India. 

North Indian plains, central India and parts of south India have been reeling under intense heat for the past month. In Rajasthan, temperatures have soared up to as high as 50 degrees with Churu recording 50.3 degrees Celsius early this week. 

Delhi has been roasting in the heat wave with the mercury touching 45 degrees. There is no respite as monsoon in the national capital and its adjoining areas has been delayed by another 15 days, Skymet predicted. It was earlier supposed to hit Delhi in the last week of June. However the IMD said Thursday the arrival of monsoon in Delhi is likely to be delayed by two-three days from its usual onset on June 29. 

The rains in June are likely to be impacted due to El-Nino, although a weak one. El-Nino, associated with the heating of Pacific waters, has an impact on monsoon in India. It dampens the conditions that are needed for moist monsoon winds. It is often associated with lower-than-normal rainfall for India. 



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