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Rains may be weakest in seven years: IMD

After being in denial mode, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today pared its forecast for a second time in three months and said state governments were free to announce “drought”. This came amid widespread concerns that the monsoon rains, the main source of irrigation for farmers, may, in fact, be the weakest in more than seven years. Rain in the June-September season will be 87 per cent of the long-period average, compared with 93 per cent forecast in June, Ajit Tyagi, director general at India Meteorological Department said. Rainfall could be 4 per cent more or less ...