Kolkata, June 28 (ANI): After enduring a long spell of scorching heat and apprehensions over the delayed monsoon, people in central and eastern parts of the country are hailing the first showers of monsoon.
In Patna, people were seen dancing to the tunes of raindrops while the street children enjoyed splashing in the waterlogged streets.
People termed it as a great blessing of Rain Gods since the soaring temperature over the past couple of weeks had been unbearable.
All heaved a sigh of relief after the arrival of showers, which lowered the temperature considerably.
"I am enjoying a lot. Although initially we were not in a mood to get wet but once it started, we couldn't control ourselves because the temperature had been very high. Now after the rains, water would be logged everywhere but still we manage to have fun," said Shilpa, a resident girl in Patna.
In Maharashtra's Nagpur city's drought-prone Vidarbha region people came on streets to enjoy the pre-monsoon showers that lashed various parts of the city.
No wonder, Nagpurians of all age groups enjoyed the rain beaming smiles.
"We have been praying for a long time for the early arrival of rains so that we can be relieved from the hot weather. It has been too late and we are receiving rains in the end of June. But today, finally after receiving rains it feels good," noted Sharon Kerkar, a resident of Nagpur.
Although the monsoon hit the southern coast on May 23, ahead of the normal date of June 1, it did not progress as per expectations.
The June-September monsoon rains are a major influence on the economy, as two-thirds of Indians depend on agriculture.
Good rains also boost rural demand for a range of products and are a key factor in determining expansion in the larger economy.
The Meteorological Department has said that the total rainfall from the crucial June-September monsoon would be 93 percent of the long-term average, coming in below normal for the first time in four years. (ANI)