Kerala may be Drought Hit

Published on: 13 Dec, 2012
Published under: Ernakulam District News, General Kerala News, Kerala Weather News

13 December 2012

Alarmed by this year’s scanty rainfall and the drying up of water reserves in several parts of the State, the office of the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has forwarded a recommendation to the State government to this effect. Kerala may be declared drought-hit. Taking a grim view of the reduced rain activity and the shortage of water, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Wayanad and Idukki were declared drought-hit districts by the end of the southwest monsoon itself.

The scarce northeast monsoon has failed to make up for the shortfall in the southwest spell during the past two years. The southwest monsoon’s share of rainfall this year was the lowest in the last seven years. The southwest monsoon accounts for a major portion of the State’s annual rainfall. On a normal southwest season, the State gets 2,040 mm of rainfall. However, it rained only 1,551 mm this year. The northeast spell brought only 303 mm till December 10 against the normal 464 mm.


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