The scenario looks bleak for Mani, a small farmer cultivating cardamom in five acres of land in Kumily village at Idukki in Kerala. “We were cheated by Edavapathy (South West monsoon). If the same is repeated in Tulavarsham (North East monsoon), there will distress in these hills,” he said.
The wait for North East monsoon showers may remain futile in the picturesque cardamom hills across the Western Ghats, according to predictions by the India Meteorological Centre at Thiruvanathapuram. On October 31, in an urgently called meeting by Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, the state was declared as draught-hit.