Monsoon sets in Kerala, no respite from heat in plains

Monsoon sets in Kerala, no respite from heat in plains

New Delhi, The Southwest Monsoon on Saturday hit the Kerala's coast, seven days later than the expected June 1, thus making the formal entry in the country whose irrigation by and large depends on it. According to Indian Metrological Department, Southwest Monsoon brought rains in parts of Kerala, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu and north-eastern states. Conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into remaining parts Lakshadweep area and Kerala, some more parts of Tamil Nadu and northeastern States during next 48 hours. As a precautionary measure, shutters of Bhoothathankettu barrage will be raised anytime to release water, sources in Periyar Valley Irriagation Project said.

People residing on the banks of Periyar river have being warned of rising water levels. Kerala witnessed one of the worst flood last year, submerging most of the state under water. On Saturday, heavy rainfall was witnessed in parts of Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh. Moderate rainfall and thunderstorms occurred in parts of Telanagana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Goa. However, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat remained dry. Meanwhile, there was no respite from scorching heat in central and northern India. Heat wave condition continued to sweep across Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. The highest maximum temperature recorded was 47.2 degree celsius at Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh.


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