May 15, 2019 / 6:37 AM / 4 months ago

Monsoon to hit India on June 6: IMD

A worker cleans a beach, against the backdrop of pre-monsoon clouds, at Fort Kochi beach in Kochi, India, May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Monsoon rains are likely to enter India through the southern coast on June 6, the state-run India Meteorological Department said on Wednesday, marking the start of the four-month rainy season that is crucial for the country’s farm-dependant economy.

Monsoon rains are likely to set over the Kerala coast on June 6, the IMD said in a statement.

Skymet, India’s only private forecaster, on Tuesday said monsoon rains are expected to arrive on the southern Kerala coast on June 4.

Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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