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India's monsoon misses normal rainfall forecast for a second straight year

The annual four-month rainy season is critical to the country's agriculture sector as it affects summer and winter crop sowing

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India’s monsoon, which accounts for more than 70 per cent of annual precipitation, missed a forecast for normal rainfall for a second year.

Showers totalled 804 millimeters -- or about 91 per cent of the 50-year average -- in the June to September period, data from the India Meteorological Department showed. The bureau had maintained a forecast of 97 per cent in August despite dry conditions in the first half of the season. A monsoon is normal when rainfall is between 96 and 104 per cent of the long-term average.

The annual four-month rainy season is critical to the country’s

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First Published: Sep 30 2018 | 6:47 PM IST

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