Monsoon advances early in Andaman and Nicobar

Port Blair
16 May 2017

The prevailing weather condition over this Island shows that, south-west monsoon has set over these Andaman and Nicobar Island three days in advance. The INSAT picture shows the advancement of monsoon over these islands.  Under the influence, cloudy weather with moderate to heavy rainfall is likely to occur during the next five days. Nicobar Islands will receive more than 200 mm of rainfall whereas 80 mm of rainfall is expected in North and Middle Andaman. This will bring down the mean temperature and the minimum temperature will be 24 degree centigrade. Wind speed of  6 to 35 kmph is expected from south-westerly direction.
As the monsoon has touched the islands farmers in Andaman Islands are urged to strengthen the bunds in paddy field to store rain water and prepare the nursery field for medium duration rice.  It is essential to provide sufficient drainage for vegetable fields to drain out excess water and immediately harvest any produce as moderate to heavy rainfall is expected. Farmers are advised to check the status of IMC brooder fishes (catla, rohu) for oozing of milt and eggs and separate good condition brooder from other fishes. Keep the goat in dry and higher place to avoid pneumonia as the rainfall is expected to continue.
In Nicobar Islands avoid intercultural operation in coconut and arecanut as moderate to heavy rainfall is expected.  Keep the goat in dry and higher place to avoid pneumonia and provide shelter to the piglets as the rainfall is expected to be continue, a release from CIARI’s agromet unit says.
Under the influence of moderate to strong Southwest monsoon current over South Andaman sea and most parts of North Andaman sea, strong Southwest to Westerly wind speed between 25 and 35 kmph gusting to 45 kmph and generally rough seas likely along and off Andaman & Nicobar coasts. Fishermen have been advised to be cautious while venturing into the sea. Local cautionary signal No¬-III lowered at Port Blair Port. (IMD Report). For further enquiries / information contact helpline of State Emergency Operation Centre at Helpline No. 1077 & District Emergency Operation Centre at Helpline No. 1070.