India's monsoon rains above average for fourth straight week
MUMBAI, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Monsoon rains in India in the
week through Wednesday were above average for a fourth straight
week, the weather office said, with floods hitting many
districts in the northern parts of the country.
Monsoon rains are crucial to farm output and economic growth
as the agricultural sector accounts for about 15% of India's
$2.5 trillion economy.
India received 10% more rainfall than the 50-year average in
the week to Aug. 21, data from the India Meteorological
Department (IMD) showed, with rice growing north-west India
receiving 63% more rain.
Overall, India has received 2% more rain than average since
the start of the monsoon season on June 1.
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Mark Potter)
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