NEW DELHI, March 24 India is likely to emerge
unscathed from the El Nino weather phenomenon, as it is expected
to set in only during the latter part of the four-month monsoon
season, a top weather official said, indicating a timely arrival
of the crop-nourishing rains.
Monsoon rains, the lifeblood for India's farm-dependent $2
trillion economy, arrive on the southern tip of Kerala state by
around June 1 and retreats from the western state of Rajasthan
"We are not worried about El Nino at the moment because this
weather pattern is likely to emerge only after July," K. J.
Ramesh, director general of the India Meteorological Department
told Reuters in an interview.
(Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan and Mayank Bhardwaj; Editing
by Biju Dwarakanath)