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Explainer: Why the monsoon is so crucial for India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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By Rajendra JadhavMUMBAI (Reuters) - India's monsoon rains are likely to be 97 percent of their long-term average in 2018, its meteorological department said on Monday, reassuring farmers ahead of summer planting in a country where only half of the farmland is irrigated.What are the categories of monsoon?A normal, or average, monsoon means rainfall between 96 percent and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 89 cm (35 inches) in total during the four-month monsoon season from June, according to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) classification.Rainfall below 90 percent of the average ...

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 05:01 IST
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