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Stalled over Bay of Bengal, early monsoon hopes dashed

Stalled over Bay of Bengal, early monsoon hopes dashed
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First Published: Thu, May 24 2007. 12 49 AM IST
Updated: Thu, May 24 2007. 12 49 AM IST
New Delhi: India’s monsoon, which has a bearing on agriculture that contributes around a fifth of the nation’s $854 billion economy, has stalled over the Bay of Bengal, the weather office said.
This will likely result in the delay of the start of the four-month rainy season.
The weather department had said on 19 May that rains were expected to reach Kerala by 23 May, eight days earlier than normal.
Today (23 May 2007), a senior meteorologist at the IMD, requesting anonymity, said that the monsoon was unlikely to arrive in the state even by June 1.
“The monsoon hasn’t even covered Bay of Bengal fully,” said B.P. Yadav, a director at the weather office.
Yadav said it was not yet possible to determine, when the rains would hit Kerala. “We can know whether the monsoon will arrive on a particular date, only four days in advance.”
The timing of the monsoon season is crucial for the country’s 234 million farmers and their crops of rice, soybeans, peanuts and lentils.
Jacob Koshy contributed to this story.
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First Published: Thu, May 24 2007. 12 49 AM IST
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