Monsoon reaches Orissa's southern coast

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Bhubaneshwar, June 26 (ANI): People of Orissa can take a sigh of relief as the much-awaited monsoon touched its southern coast, and will cover entire state in a day or two, say officials.

"Monsoon has delayed, actually because earlier its ONSET was on 25th May. Now monsoon has revived and today it has covered some parts of south Orissa and conditions are also favourable for covering remaining parts of Orissa during next two-three days," said S. C. Sahoo, director, Bhubaneswar meteorological centre.

Meanwhile, people in Bhubaneshwar enjoyed pre-monsoon showers.

"It's raining after so many days so I am feeling very nice. It was difficult to move in scorching sun. Now its much better," said Swagatika, a local resident.

Students and office goers felt respite after a long period of rising mercury and scorching sun.

"Even though its late, its better late than never. So just enjoy the monsoon. And it will bring relief to students and also to office going people and also to farmers out here," said Sourav, a student.

According to the National Meteorological Department, the total rainfall from the crucial June-September monsoon would be only 93 percent of the long-term average, coming in below normal for the first time in four years.

Four of 36 national zones were still to receive any monsoon rain. Rains were normal in two areas and excess in three during the week, while 27 zones recorded deficit to scanty rains.

The monsoon hit the southern coast on May 23, ahead of the normal date of June 1, but has since progressed weakly. (ANI)

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