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Monsoon enters Orissa, Delhi may see an early onset

Gathering strength, the south west monsoon today entered Orissa even as rains continued to lash several other parts of the country and Delhi may get an early rpt early monsoon if the trend persists.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2003 16:02 IST

Gathering strength, the south west monsoon on Friday entered Orissa even as rains continued to lash several other parts of the country and Delhi may get an early rpt early monsoon if the trend persists.

"Monsoon has entered Orissa resulting in heavy rains. Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been recorded in many palces over the west coast of the country," weather officials here said.

Several places in Delhi and adjoining Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh received pre-monsoon showers since last evening.

IMD officials said the good spell was likely to continue for the next one-two days. Though it was too early to say anything about monsoon onset over Delhi, if this "strong system" persists, Delhi may see an early onset, they added. Delhi usually gets monsoon in the first week of July.

Delhi has already had recorded a better rainfall this June in comparison to last year's.

Reports from Mumbai said a girl was killed in a landslide in suburban Ghatkopar caused by heavy rains. Low-lying areas were inundated and rail and road traffic was paralysed in the state during the morning hours.

Farmers in Rajasthan rejoiced as widespread monsoon rains were recorded in Jodhpur, Udaipur and Ajmer. Pre-monsoon showers lashed other parts of the state. Farmers have started preparing for kharif crops, reports said.

So far the state has reported four deaths due to heavy rains. Inflow of water has started in some major dams.

Several parts of Kerala also experienced heavy rains. Heavy rains were recorded in several parts of Madhya Pradesh.