India sets for a surplus monsoon in 2 nd half in 2016

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Big Wire New Delhi bureau

India’s monsoon rains are expected to be bountiful in the second half of the four-month long season with a likelihood of normal showers in August, weather office’s latest updated said on Monday.

The monsoon season, considered to be the lifeline of the farm dependent Indian economy, runs from June to September.

Rainfall during second half of southwest monsoon season (August to September) is most likely to be above normal with a probability of 55%, said the update of India Meteorological Department.

In June, IMD forecast a surplus rainfall season for 2016 after a two straight years of deficiency in the downpours that had caused severe droughts in many parts of the country.

The weather office retained its forecast of a surplus rainfall for the entire season in its latest update.

This year a surplus rainfall in July, the main planting month, erased an 11% deficit in the downpours during June, making the first half of the season to record an average or normal level, a weather official said.

For the latest monsoon rainfall map, click:

Regions01 June-30 June
% Dep. from LPA
01 July-31 July
% Dep. from LPA
01 June-31 July
% Dep. from LPA
Country as a whole-11%7%0%
Northwest India-7%-9%6%
Central India-17%18%6%
South Peninsula26%-12%4%
East & Northeast India-28%-2%-13%


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