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Monsoon to hit Kerala, a week earlier

The Southwest monsoon is likely to hit Kerala on May 24, a week ahead of usual arrival.

New Delhi, May 14 : The Southwest monsoon is likely to hit Kerala on May 24, a week ahead of usual arrival.

As per metrological observations, the Southwest monsoon had made its presence felt beyond the south Andaman Sea on May 10, nearly a week prior to the usual date.

It has covered the entire group of islands in the Bay of Bengal, the weather official said.

The monsoon is expected to reach Kerala on May 24 with an error margin of three days, the official said.

The Southwest monsoon is crucial for Kharif crops like rice, oilseeds, pulses and other cash crop plantations.

The monsoon is vital, as nearly 70 percent of the country's population relies on agriculture as a primary source of income.

In the last five decades, the earliest monsoon onset over Kerala was on May 14, 1960 and the most delayed was on June 18, 1972.

The monsoon usually lashes Mumbai by June 10 and comes over Delhi by June 29.

ANI

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