Global Warming Causing Heavy Rainfall in Kerala

Published on: 09 May, 2014
Published under: Kerala Weather News

Scientist believes that global warming is the main reason behind the heavy rainfalls in Kerala which have created chaos in the state. Expressing fears that heavy rains during this season could weaken the southwest Monsoon, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority member Shekhar Lukose Kuriakose said that last month’s prediction of below normal monsoon this year by the Indian Meteorological Department (Met) could turn out to be true.

Kerala, the gateway of the monsoon into the mainland of the country, has experienced heavy rains over the last few days, three weeks ahead of the arrival of South Asia’s southwesterly monsoon.

According to the Kerala Revenue Minister, Adoor Prakash, 18 people have died and losses amounting to Rs. 250 crore have been reported across the state in heavy summer showers since April.

The crop destruction alone was around Rs. 20 crore during the period. A delegation consisting of Prakash, State Revenue Secretary, Satyajit Rajan and Shekhar met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde seeking an interim relief of Rs. 110 crore.

Shekhar, who is also an associate professor at the Kerala Disaster Management Centre, said that generally pre-monsoon showers are minimal but this year the state has been witnessing unprecedented heavy summer rains.

India is expected to see monsoon which will remain below normal this year as the Met department has predicted 95 per cent rainfall because of the El-Nino effect, which is generally associated with the warming of the ocean water.


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