Monsoon rains 6 percent above average in past week

Monsoon rains in India were 6 percent above average in the week ended Aug. 3, the weather office said on Thursday.

Published: 04th August 2016 08:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th August 2016 08:47 PM   |  A+A-

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A man carries schoolchildren through a flooded street during monsoon rains in Mumbai. (Reuters)

NEW DELHI: Monsoon rains in India were 6 percent above average in the week ended Aug. 3, the weather office said on Thursday.

The India Meteorological Department has retained its forecast for an above-average monsoon this year, boosting hopes of a rise in farm output and income after two years of drought.

An average or normal monsoon means rainfall between 96 and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 89 centimetres.

The June-September monsoon is crucial for India's rain-fed farm sector that accounts for nearly 15 percent of its $2 trillion economy.

Farmers plant crops such as rice, soybeans, cotton and pulses in the summer-sowing season that starts in June.

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