Monsoon hits Kerala coast after a week

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Monsoon has finally hit Kerala coast on Saturday after a week’s delay, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

With the onset of much-awaited monsoon, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has issued ‘red’ and ‘orange’ alerts in four districts of the state from June 9-11.

It is worthwhile to mention here that 350 people had lost their lives in rains and subsequent flooding in the state during August last year. It was worst ever flooding in Kerala.

According to reports, the red alert means ‘very heavy’ to ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall. The alert has been issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha and Thrissur districts for June 9-10.

In view of the enhanced cloudiness, strengthening of westerlies and persistent cyclonic circulation in the lower and mid-levels over Lakshadweep area and neighbourhood, the Southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of South Arabian Sea, the IMD said.

Earlier, Met department had predicted widespread rainfall with isolated “heavy” to “very heavy rainfalls” over northeastern states, including Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura, during the next three to four days.

As monsoon has hit Kerala, people in Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, south Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, south Haryana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Marathwada, and Telangana who are reeling under heatwave conditions are likely to think of reprieve.

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