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Officials forecast normal monsoon as El Niño looms

Actual rainfall may be five per cent more or less than the prediction

Bloomberg 

The monsoon in India, which provides about 70 per cent of annual rainfall, will be normal this year amid forecasts for the emergence of an El Niño that previously caused droughts, government officials said. Rain could be 96 per cent of a 50-year average of 89 cm (35 inches) in the June-September period, said two officials with direct knowledge of the matter, requesting not to be identified before an announcement by the state weather forecaster on Thursday. Actual rainfall may be five per cent more or less than the prediction, the officials said. The monsoon is the main source ...

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First Published: Tue, April 22 2014. 00:16 IST
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