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February 25, 2014
It has been more than 27 days without rain. This is unusual because we are along the equator. We are supposed to have an annual rainfall of more than 2,000mm evenly distributed throughout the year. In December, the rain was relentless, as we received the full fury of the North-east Monsoon. Then, about a month ago, the rain suddenly stopped, and there has been no respite from the dry spell, except for a slight drizzle one afternoon. The grass have all turned brown. Trees are shedding their foliage. The water levels in the reservoirs and ponds have fallen.