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Sunday, May 29, 2011

South-West Monsoon reaches Kerala

The monsoon has arrived in Kerala. Heavy rains have been reported since Saturday (28-May-2011) night in the central and southern districts of the state, an official of the India Meteorological Department said.

South-west monsoon on Sunday (29-May-2011) made a grand entry into Kerala, bringing cheer to the farming community dependent on rains for a good crop.

The July-September monsoon irrigates 60 percent of India's farms and good rains will brighten hopes for a bumper harvest that should ease high food prices and boost the purchasing power of the 600 million Indians dependent on agriculture.

"Southwest monsoon has set in over most parts of South Arabian Sea, Kerala, some parts of Tamil Nadu, South Bay of Bengal and south Andaman Sea," the weather office announced.

The northern limit of monsoon passes through Aminidivi, Kozhikode, Kodaikanal and Nancowrie.

The onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala heralds the beginning of rainy season in the Indian sub-continent.

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