Battering rains have been a sight in the state of Kerala for the past few days. Despite such torrential rains, the deficiency in the state from June 1 to July 22 is 29%. The deficiency can be attributed to the late onset of Monsoon over the state and post the onset also, rain activities remained subdued during the major part of June and the first half of July.
The average rainfall of Kerala from June 1 to July 22 is 1166.5 mm and to date, 831.2 mm of rains have been recorded. In the last 24 hours as well, heavy rains lashed many parts of Kerala especially the northern region. Kannur witnessed 111.6 mm of rains, Kozhikode 44 mm, Punalur 48 mm, Karipur Airport 52 mm and Kochi 18 mm.
In fact, heavy to very heavy rains are confined to the northern districts of Kerala only. Five people lost their lives due to drowning on Monday as heavy rains continued to pound North Kerala and over 300 persons were shifted to relief camps in the state as the Southwest Monsoon intensified. As per the experts, now the Monsoon surge will start weakening over Kerala leading to decreased rainfall activities. However, light to moderate rains with one or two heavy spells might continue for the next 24 hours. Thereafter, the rain intensity is likely to go down.
Thus, we can say that the rain deficiency of Kerala is all set to increase further. Also, we do not expect heavy rains post-July 25 in the state until the rest of the month. Hence, it looks like Kerala might just end on a deficit note.
Our experts have to say that no fresh Monsoon surge is expected for at least a week or so. Also, with the weakening of the Monsoon surge, flood threat will fade away.
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