New Delhi: Annual monsoon rains, vital to the trillion-dollar economy’s farm output and economic growth, were 9.4 percent below normal for 1-22 June, the Met office said on Wednesday.
Countrywide rainfall was 93.2 mm between 1 June and 22 June against normal 102.9mm, the India Meteorological Department said in its latest update.
Rainfall was 5% below normal between 1-16 June.
Such weak phases are not unusual, say weather experts.
Policymakers are hoping good rains, after last year’s drought, will help rein in inflation, currently at more than 10%, and provide room to ease curbs on rice and wheat exports.
Weather officials told Reuters they expected the monsoon in central India to resume in the next two to three days after a pause for a couple of days.
“We are awaiting a system to build up over north of the Bay of Bengal to reactivate wind flow over central India,” a senior weather official, who did not wish to be named as he was not authorised to talk to the media, told Reuters.
Last year had the weakest rains in nearly four decades.