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Met office rules out early monsoon withdrawal

Met office rules out early monsoon withdrawal
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First Published: Fri, Aug 14 2009. 05 51 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Aug 14 2009. 05 51 PM IST
New Delhi: India’s weather office has ruled out an early withdrawal for this year’s monsoon which has still one and half months to complete its full journey.
The meteorological department predicts the withdrawal of the June-September rain cycle in short range.
“Southwest monsoon nomrally starts withdrawing from extreme north-western part of the country (northwest Rajasthan) by 1 September and compeletely withdraws from the country by 15 October,” the weather office said in a statement.
The annual rain cycle has entered its critical phase with the weather office earlier this week revising downwards the seasonal rainfall forecast for the second time in seven weeks.
Annual monsoon rains in India, where farmers depend on the monsoon to irrigate 60% of their farmland, is expected to be 87% of normal, threatening oilseeds and sugarcane harvests.
The monsoon rains were 54% below normal in the week to 12 August improved from 64% deficit in the previous week. Total rainfall since the start of June was 29% below average.
The weather office said widespread rainfall had occured over the soybean growing central India during last 24 hours, reviving growth prospect for the oilseed crop.
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First Published: Fri, Aug 14 2009. 05 51 PM IST