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Monsoon – A Boon or a Bane

Monsoon – A Boon or a Bane

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The monsoon or rainy season in India lasts from June to September. The season is dominated by the humid southwest summer monsoon, which slowly sweeps across the country beginning in late May or early June. Monsoon rains begin to recede from North India at the beginning of October. South India typically receives more rainfall.

Monsoon is a two-sided coin. It is a boon as well as a bane. Monsoon brings rain, which is very essential to every living organism. Much rain brings flood and destroys everything.

India is a country where agriculture is the main source of livelihood for the rural population.

Monsoon is a boon –

  • For the farmers when it comes on time and provides water to the fields, helps in the production of the crop.
  • It also provides water to those rivers, lakes, and ponds which are dependent on rainfall brings peace, and cool the Earth after the dry summer. The rainwater is also stored and used in the dry season when there is a scarcity of water.

Monsoon is a bane

  • when it does not come at an appropriate time and arrive once the seeds are sown. This results in the massive destruction of crops.
  • When it comes to abnormal volume, it causes floods, destruction, death, suffering, makes people homeless, etc.
  • Displacement of wildlife, adverse effect on hydropower generation, due to siltation of river water.
  • Lack of access to clean water adversely affects society to a great extent – standing pools of dirty water attract mosquitoes which can spread malaria and dengue and a lack of clean drinking water can result in diarrhea and other waterborne illnesses.

Neelam Kureel
Geography
Social Studies Department

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