The monsoon is crucial for India’s farmers, many of whom are facing drought-like conditions. Ramesh had said India could get more rain than previously forecast since the probability of the so-called Indian Ocean Dipole, a condition that nullifies the effect of the El Niño, has risen substantially.
The forecasts on strength and onset of monsoon are keenly watched as the sowing depends on it. El Niño is a weather condition that develops due to excessive warming of the Pacific Ocean, disrupting the southwest monsoon pattern and often leading to drought-like conditions.
The forecasts of the monsoon onset issued by IMD during the past 12 years (except 2015) were proved to be correct.
Predominantly an agrarian economy, favourable monsoon has bearing on the economy and market indices in India.
International Film Festival of Kerala is scheduled to start from 10 November.
Onam is the state festival of Kerala and witnesses one of the most popular celebrations in the country.
Onam is celebrated to welcome the king back to the land that he ruled which is the present-day Kerala.
According to legend, during the reign of Mahabali, Kerala experienced a time of prosperity and happiness and the king was revered by all his subjects.
The officials will review the status of preparedness for dealing with any eventuality arising out of the Southwest monsoon and discuss other disaster management-related issues.
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