Kerala received more rainfall this year from Northeast monsoon


K Sajikumar

Although water is stored in the major reservoirs of the state during the northeast monsoon, all the project reservoirs have to be opened this year due to heavy rains.

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Pathanamthitta: By mid-October, the state received more rains than expected. Many districts have already received the expected rainfall during the northeast monsoon season (Thulavarsham) this year.

As of October 17, the state received 412.2 mm of rainfall. This is supposed to be 84 per cent of the total rainfall of the northeast monsoon from October 1 to December 31. The expected rainfall was 492 mm.

Kasaragod district received 406 mm of rainfall before October 13 against the expected 344 mm. Kannur district received 441 mm of rainfall before October 18 as against 376 mm. Kozhikode district received 515 mm of rainfall against 450mm expected. It is estimated that the rainfall in South Kerala will be more than 100 per cent as rain is likely to continue in the coming days.

Pathanamthitta district has received 97 per cent of the expected rainfall this season. All the hydropower project areas in the district have an all-time record of water flow and rainfall this year. Kottayam, Idukki and Palakkad districts received 90 per cent rainfall and Malappuram district 86 per cent rainfall.

Although water is stored in the major reservoirs of the state during the northeast monsoon, all the project reservoirs have to be opened this year due to heavy rains.

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