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India to get above-average monsoon rains in next two weeks: IMD official

The country has received 17% less rain than average since the monsoon season began on June 1

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

A woman tries to cross a waterlogged street during heavy monsoon rain at Kings Circle, in Mumbai

India is likely to get above-average rainfall in the next two weeks after receiving below average rains in the past two weeks, a weather department official said on Thursday.

rains are crucial for India's farm output and economic growth as about 55% of the country's arable land is reliant on rainfall and agriculture forms about 15% of a $2.5 trillion economy.

"In the next two weeks, we are likely to get above average rainfall, which will be well distributed across the country," said an official with the India Meteorological Department.

India has received 17% less rain than average since the season began on June 1.


First Published: Thu, July 25 2019. 17:02 IST