India Anticipates Normal Monsoon Rainfall


New Delhi—India’s monsoon rains, crucial for the majority of farmers who can’t rely on irrigation to water their fields, should be sufficient this year, the South Asian nation’s weather department said Monday.

The India Meteorological Department said the rainfall during the summer rainy season will likely be 97% of the long-term average. Rainfall between 96% and 104% of the 50-year average is considered normal by the department. Anything below 90% is labeled a drought.

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