Amid the heat wave across the state, Kunjithanny in Idukky received summer rains on last Friday that brought some respite. But the relief was short-lived.

 

Soon the locals realised that it was not normal rainfall. The summer rain left yellow patches on leaves and roof tops. It was the second yellow shower in a fortnight in the area. 

 

 The rain left yellow powdery spots on plants and surfaces exposed to it. Farmers fear that the showers might be carrying harmful chemicals and damage to plantation crops in the area. 

The rain left yellow powdery spots on plants and surfaces exposed to it. Farmers fear that the showers might be carrying harmful chemicals with it. 

The local people said that on both instances, the yellow rain occurred after four in the afternoon. The colour of the droplets was not clear when it rained. The showers also brought in a foul smell, they add. 

 

People were quick to associate the strange showers to acid rain, an apprehension rubbished by scientists. In the case of acid rain, it would have damaged the crops and plants, they point out.  No instance of crop damage has been reported owing to the rare phenomenon and people caught in the shower also did not report any health problems, the officials said.

 

Officials of Agricultural Department have collected samples to find out the reason behind the yellow showers recurring in the locality.