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India monsoon covers entire country: Weatherman

Published on Jul 17, 2014 3:27 PM
 
Residents stand in a flooded street outside their house at a slum in Mumbai on July 16, 2014. India's monsoon has covered the entire country, the weather office said on Thursday, July 17, 2014, two days behind the normal schedule in a year that is forecast to bring below-average rains. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India's monsoon has covered the entire country, the weather office said on Thursday, two days behind the normal schedule in a year that is forecast to bring below-average rains.

The revival of monsoon rains in the grain bowl of northwest and central regions should help speed up sowing of main summer crops such as rice, corn, soybean and cotton.

Poor rains since the start of the June-September season had raised concerns of a first drought in five years.

Rains are vital to India's farm sector, which accounts for about 14 percent of the country's nearly US$2 trillion (S$2.5 trillion) economy. Two-thirds of its 1.2 billion population live in rural areas.

 
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