With Astrology playing a significant role in India, be it determining auspicious occasions, cricket match predictions or monsoon forecast. And India's most literate state Kerala is no exception.
There are many astrologers in Kerala. They use to appear in TV channels and writes for local newspapers. Their predictions are normally on a weekly or monthly basis. Sometimes they get it right and sometimes wrong.
This time around, a famous astrologer from Kerala gets rain prediction horribly wrong. Kanippayyur Narayanan Namboothiripad in a cloumn wrote that rains may play truant in the early months (April-May) but the rest of the year promises to bring pleasant shower. "Rains are expected in several areas in Kerala between May 9 and May 27, especially at night, but the downpour will lessen from June 8. Rain clouds may be swept away from June 10 to June 25," he wrote in one the popular Malayalam daily.
As the things stand, Kerala has faced the heaviest rains and floods since 1924, leading to unprecedented destruction.
In just the first 20 days of August, Kerala has received the highest rainfall for the entire month in 87 years, according to a data revealed by India Meteorological Department (IMD).
He also predicted the agricultural sector seems to have a good year with a good climate and government support. Now, in Kerala farmers are suffering due to floods. Many farmers lost their crops. The floods and landslides have wreaked havoc on the plantation sector in the hilly regions of the state, which produces spices, rubber and tea.
Agriculture crops in over 40,000 hectares have been destroyed, according to officials.
Ajit BK, secretary of Association of Planters of Kerala, told PTI that the loss suffered by tea, coffee, cardamom and rubber planters due to the rains since the onset of the South West Monsoon on May 29 was pegged at Rs 600 crore.
It is almost same with the paddy cultivators also. Kuttanad in Alappuzha district, known as rice bowl of Kerala is one of the worst affected places.
The water level has been receding in the flood-affected areas and efforts to restore lives back to normal are underway in the state.