The southwest monsoon brings rain across the Indian sub continent. It arrived in Kerala on Thursday, seven days later than the normal arrival date, an India Meteorological Department official said
On the eve of the trawling ban coming into force in the state's coastal waters, fishermen, who are already jobless due to Cyclone Biparjoy, were seen trying to find an alternate source of income through 'treasure hunting'.
On Thiruvananthapuram's Shangumugham Beach, scores of fishermen were scouring the shores -- unmindful of the huge waves -- for coins, gold, and other valuables.
Many have already got gold in the form of chains, pendants, and earrings.
"When the rains (monsoon) start, the sea becomes rough, churning out everything on its bed. So we get money. There is no other way to earn anything during this time," Cyril, a local fisherman, said, reported the PTI.
In Kerala, the meteorological department has cautioned fishermen not to venture into the sea due to cyclone Biparjoy causing rough sea conditions. There are warnings of huge waves reaching a height of up to 3.5 metres.
The Kerala government has announced the trawling ban in the state's coastal waters from midnight of June 9 to midnight of July 31
At this time, traditional fishermen who depend on small catamarans and non-mechanised boats for fishing take to searching the shores in the belief that the sea will never let them down.