Monsoon

Monsoon rains 24 percent above average in past week

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NEW DELHI - India's monsoon rains were 24 percent above average in the week ended July 23, the weather office said on Thursday, the first week of surplus rainfall during this year's monsoon season.

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A schoolgirl crosses a dry pond on the outskirts of Jammu April 23, 2010. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

India expected to see below-average to average rains in 2014 if El Nino weather pattern gains strength

India suffered a severe drought in 2009 when monsoon rains failed due to El Nino

India's weather office rates as normal rainfall between 96 and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 89 centimetres

Poor monsoons could dent crop output in India - the world's No.2 rice and sugar producer

Healthy harvests can help keep a lid on food inflation

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Monsoon rains in 2014 will be:

 

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  • D.S. Pai, lead forecaster of the Indian weather office