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Monsoon to hit Kerala in next 48 hours

Monsoon to hit Kerala in next 48 hours
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First Published: Fri, May 22 2009. 02 46 PM IST
Mumbai: India’s annual monsoon rains may reach the southwestern state of Kerala between in the next 48 hours, the weather department said on its website (http://www.imd.ernet.in) on Friday.
The latest forecast is in line with the earlier prediction on Wednesday that monsoon may hit Kerala between 23-25 May.
Monsoon rains, crucial for crops such as cotton, soybean, sugarcane and rice, usually hit Kerala on 1 June.
In April, the weather department had said the June-September monsoon was likely to be 96 percent of the long-term average.
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First Published: Fri, May 22 2009. 02 46 PM IST