Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The North-East monsoon set in the State on Friday but its impact on agriculture and reservoirs, if any, will be only marginal.

Lasting up to December-end, this monsoon covers only Rayalaseema and parts of the South Coastal Andhra, apart from Tamil Nadu in full. The State did not suffer any big loss under the just-concluded South-West monsoon as to be made up by the present monsoon.

As a whole, the State received a rainfall of 602 mm against a normal of 624 mm during the South-West monsoon period up to September 30 -- a deficit of mere 22 mm (4 per cent).By the time the South-West monsoon withdrew from the State, almost all the reservoirs were full and agriculture activity reached a peak.

Meanwhile, Rayalaseema and South Coastal Andhra began to get rain under NE monsoon. During the 24-hour period ended 8.30 am, Rapur and Satyavedu received a rainfall of 2 cm each.