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Kerala Welcomes South-West Monsoon

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) pointed out that widespread rainfall occurred over Kerala during the past three-four days.

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The normal monsoon onset over Kerala is June 1 and since 2005,
One of the major indicators signalling the onset is rainfall, which is monitored closely at 14 monitoring stations in Kerala from May 25. Pixabay

The much-awaited southwest monsoon set in over Kerala on Tuesday – three days ahead of schedule – said the IMD, signalling monsoon’s arrival over the Indian subcontinent and beginning of rainy season in the region.

It also pointed out that widespread rainfall occurred over Kerala during the past three-four days.
The much-awaited southwest monsoon set in over Kerala on Tuesday – three days ahead of schedule . Pixabay

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) report issued here on Tuesday stated that the southwest monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of southeast Arabian Sea, Comorin-Maldives area, entire Lakshadweep, most parts of Kerala, some parts of Tamil Nadu and some more parts of southwest, central and northeast Bay of Bengal.

It also pointed out that widespread rainfall occurred over Kerala during the past three-four days.

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One of the major indicators signalling the onset is rainfall, which is monitored closely at 14 monitoring stations in Kerala from May 25. It has now recorded more than 60 per cent rainfall besides the westerly winds have also strengthened.

The normal monsoon onset over Kerala is June 1 and since 2005, the IMD started to issue operational forecasts for the date. The forecasts during the past 12 years have been correct every year except 2015. (IANS)

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Collection Centres Open for Flood-hit Kerala in UAE

New collection centres open in UAE for donations to support the thousands of displaced families

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Several collection centers open across UAE to collect donations and relief fund for Kerala. Pixabay

Indian expats from Kerala in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have opened collection centres for donations to support the thousands of displaced families in their flood-hit state, the media reported on Tuesday.

After one of the worst flooding in its history last year, many parts of Kerala was limping back to normalcy when nature’s fury struck again this year. Heavy rainfall and landslides in northern districts of Wayanad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kasargod and Kannur have so far killed 77 people and pushed thousands to relief camps.

Though far away from the tragedy, Malayalees who form the biggest Indian expat community in the UAE, have set up the centre to collect relief materials for the affected, the Khaleej Times reported.

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From clothes to food items, people across the globe are donating several things along with donations. Pixabay

Taking the lead is the UAE chapter of Voice of Humanity, a group of around 50 stage artists from Kerala. Popular movie artists like Tiny Tom, Nadir Shah and Guinness Pakru are the patrons of the organisation in Kerala.

Shoukky Sulaiman, joint secretary of the group, said three collection centres have been set up in Dubai.

“We are mainly collecting cloths, hygiene items for ladies and kids, toiletries, slippers and some food items like oats and biscuits.

“We will be sending the collected items by cargo, which will be personally received by our members. We are all trying to do whatever we can,” he added.

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Flood-hit Kerala is limping back to normalcy when nature’s fury struck again this year. Pixabay

Bicky Boss, another member, said he was leaving for Kerala on Tuesday to help in the distribution of relief materials.

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Abu Dhabi-based expat organisation Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre has also set up a collection centre at the Indian Islamic Centre and residents are urged to donate blankets, mats, bedsheets, toiletries, cleaning materials, milk powder and biscuits among other things.

Many expats have taken to social media to share their contribution to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund and urging others to follow suit. (IANS)