North East monsoon arrives in TN

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Chennai, Oct 22 (UNI) The much-awaited- North-East monsoon has finally set over Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas.

Met officials here today confirmed rains wich occurred at many places over Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas in the last 24 hours, was under the influence of the monsoon.

Virudhunagar district recorded the maximum rainfall of 11 cm followed by Salem with nine cm. Chennai recored two cm of rainfall during the past 24 hours.

The-north east monsoon, accounting for nearly 50 per cent of the state's annual rainfall, normally sets in around October 20 with an allowance of seven days.

Statistics reveal that in 1998 and 2000, the north east monsoon had arrived on October 28 and November two, respectively.

Last year, the monsoon set on October 19.

In the last ten years, the state experienced excess rainfall on three occasions, normal rainfall in five years and deficient rainfall in two years during the north-east monsoon.

Met officials revealed this year the monsoon might be near normal.

The coastal districts of the state get nearly 60 per cent of the annual rainfall, while the interior districts get about 40 to 50 per cent of the annual rainfall during this monsoon period.

The officials said during the next 24 hours moderate to rather heavy rain was likely to occur at most places in Tamil Nadu, over Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts and in Puducherry.

UNI

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