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June monsoon rains 8% below average, says weather department

India received 8% lower rainfall than average in June because of scanty rainfall in the central parts of the country, the state-run weather office said on Thursday.

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People enjoying pleasant weather at Rajpath, in New Delhi on Thursday.

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - India received 8% lower rainfall than average in June because of scanty rainfall in the central parts of the country, the state-run weather office said on Thursday.
Cotton, soybean and sugar cane growing states in central India received as much as 54% lower rainfall than normal in June, according to data compiled by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The monsoon - which accounts for nearly 70% of India's annual rainfall and is the lifeblood of its $2.7 trillion agriculture-dependent economy - arrived on the coast of southern Kerala state on May 29, two days ahead of usual. Its progress later stalled for over a week.
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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First Published: Jun 30 2022 | 5:22 PM IST

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