After playing truant, monsoon swings back to its Kerala leg

Close on the heels of rain fury in Maharashtra, the southwest (SW) monsoon has restarted its activity on its Kerala leg this week. While the country The IMD centre in Thiruvananthapuram had issued red alerts in Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts on Thursday, implying extremely heavy rainfall of over 200 mm. IMD predicts maximum rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday. Since strong winds, driving at 50-60 kmph, are anticipated, fishermen have been told to stay away from the rough seas this week. On Monday, Kochi got more than 90 mm rain, as reported at the airport. According to scientists, it was because Cyclone Vayu sucked moisture from the air above the Arabian Sea that SW monsoon was chased northwards to Maharashtra and Gujarat from Kerala coast. By July end, even the remnants of Cyclone Vayu had fizzled out. Private weather forecaster Skymet said that Thus, in the absence of this system, rains in Kerala will now revive. Even with red alert, the return of rains is glad news, since However, southwest monsoon also evokes devastating images of landslides, rivers turning their courses and 483 deaths and 140 missing people, as the worst floods of the century in Kerala, was as recent as August 2018. In preparation of second leg of monsoon , State Government has opened 12 relief camps in three districts, to shelter 704 people.