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Monsoon 17% below normal in past week

Monsoon 17% below normal in past week
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First Published: Thu, Jul 22 2010. 02 25 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jul 22 2010. 02 25 PM IST
New Delhi: India’s annual monsoon rains were 17% below normal in the week to July 21, improving after a 24% deficit in the previous week, the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.
Weekly rainfall in the key crop-planting period was above normal in north India’s cane and rice growing regions, but deficient in soybean-growing areas of central India.
The seasonal monsoon rains during 1June -21 July were 14% below normal, the weather office added.
India’s monsoon, deficient but well distributed so far, is expected to intensify within 10 days and deliver normal rainfall in the June-September season despite a lean patch in mid-July, a top forecaster said.
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First Published: Thu, Jul 22 2010. 02 25 PM IST
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