Monsoon 17% below normal in past week

Monsoon 17% below normal in past week

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.