March 24, 2017 / 11:10 AM / 5 months ago

India's monsoon rains likely to emerge unscathed from El Nino -top weather official

NEW DELHI, March 24 (Reuters) - 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 by September.

"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)

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