Though Coimbatore has received far less rain that usual, meteorologists feel there is nothing to worry.
"There would be steady rainfall in the coming days, which would bridge the deficiency. However, don't expect the kind of heavy rains that lashed Chennai and other costal regions in Coimbatore because the topography of the regions are different,'' says V Geethalakshmi, head of the Agro Climate Research Centre at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University here.
Discussing cyclone Nilam that triggered heavy rains in the coastal areas, she said two more cyclones are expected to lash Chennai coast in the coming days. "The north-east monsoon is catching up. It will bring in more rain, she says. The coastal areas normally receive more rainfall than other parts during the north-east monsoon, she said.
Coimbatore is expected to receive average or above average rains during the NE monsoon. Till now, the region has received around 175mm of rain from the NE monsoon. Another 150mm to 175mm of rainfall is expected between November and the beginning of December. Monsoon is expected to taper of after the second week of December. Geethalakshmi said rain in the district would increase in the coming days. The monsoon would be more effective due to the El Nino effect, which would result in average to heavy rainfall in the region, she said.
Farmers say lack of rain during the south-west monsoon had affected agriculture. Valukkupara Balu, president, Vyavasayigal Sangam, said if the rainfall did not improve, farmers would suffer losses. "Coimbatore did not get enough rain during the south-west monsoon. We need more water for farming," he said. A Kalimuthu, a farmer at Madukkarai, also said more rainfall was essential for the wells to have water. "We hope it will happen. If not, most of us who grow vegetables will suffer severe loss," he said.