Kerala receives record rainfall, highest in 5 years
Trivandrum, July 5: It's only a month since the onset of the monsoon this season and Kerala has already received 118.5 cm of rainfall on an average. It is the highest amount recorded in the same period in the last five years.
Sources in the Meteorological department here said 76.5 cm of rainfall was expected in the state between June 1 and July 4 but the actual amount received has exceeded the expectation by around 55 per cent.
The rainfall fell below normal between June 28 and July 2 but it again picked up over the last couple of days. Heavy rainfall is likely in the state till this weekend, the sources added.
In 2012, Kerala had received just 54.2 cm of rainfall on the average in the same period, which was a deficit of 30 per cent. In the two years before, the rainfall was slightly above normal while in 2009 the rainfall fell short by 20 per cent in the same period.
Very heavy rainfall was recorded in northern Kerala on Thursday. Vythiri in Wayanad district received 15 cm of rainfall.