Odisha might witness below normal rainfall this monsoon, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD)’s first seasonal forecast which was released on Friday.
Much to the relief of city residents, Kochi Corporation has decided to speed up its pre-monsoon drain cleaning and canal renovation works.
In the case of Kerala, the state used to get around 204.9 cm rain during the 120-day long south west monsoon season.
The Long Period Average (LPA) rainfall will be 98 per cent with an error margin of plus and minus 5 per cent, said M Rajeevan, secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
The State government has issued a 61-day ban on fishing by mechanised vessels from April 15 in order to support fish breeding.
The city received its first premonsoon showers on Wednesday, to the delight of citizens.
BBMP Administrator Rakesh Singh said that officials should start preparing for the upcoming monsoon season.
With the tourism sector facing an unprecedented crisis owing to Covid-19 outbreak, the state tourism department is focusing on popularising monsoon tourism this year.
But not to D Varadharajan, whose crops grew about five feet tall despite the rain. This, he says, is because of a traditional variety of paddy that he cultivated organically.
Already, the monsoon last year damaged a major portion of the harvest-ready shallots in the district and fetched a high price in market (from 20 per kg to 100 per kg).
The unseasonal rains in January have been causing havoc in delta and southern districts inflicting heavy crop loss and flooding in low lying areas.
The study, published in the journal Water Resources Research, noted that the findings have important implications for water management and power production.
The monsoon has exacerbated the plight of the workers, who could not land a different job during the off-season – mid-October to February – due to the noxious effects of salinity on their skins.
From waterlogged roads and flooded streets to neverdry laundry and imminent power cuts, there’s much to not like about this elusive season.
Severe action will be taken against those spreading rumours on social media about Northeast monsoon, said Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management RB Udayakumar on Wednesday.