Monsoon rains hit Kerala coast, says Met Department
Updated : May 29, 2018 01:19 PM IST
Monsoon rains hit the southern state of Kerala a few days earlier than normal on Tuesday, the country's weather office said, potentially brightening the nation's outlook for agricultural output and economic growth.
Monsoons deliver about 70 percent of India's annual rainfall and are the lifeblood of its $2.5 trillion economy, spurring farm output and boosting rural spending on items ranging from gold to cars, motorcycles and refrigerators.
"The southwest monsoon has set in over the southern state of Kerala, three days ahead of its normal date," the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement.
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