India's monsoon rains above-average for second straight week: weather office

FILE PHOTO: A man rides a bike through a water-logged street during heavy rains in Mumbai, India, July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s monsoon rains in the week through Wednesday were above average for the second straight week, the weather office said, easing concerns of drought, although excessive rainfall flooded some areas on the west coast.

Monsoon rains are crucial for farm output and economic growth, as agriculture forms about 15% of India’s $2.5-trillion economy.

India received 28% more rainfall than the 50-year average in the week to Aug. 7, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed.

Overall, India has received 5% less rain than average since the start of the monsoon season on June 1.

Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Susan Fenton