new delhi / reuters / India’s drought has abated with a late revival in monsoon rains.
The June-September monsoon rains, which are crucial for the 55 per cent of India’s farmland that is rain fed, were about 12 per cent below average until the end of August. Drought typically results when rains fall 10 per cent below average. Heavy rains in the first week of September have helped but the relief may only be short lived.
“We are not revising our forecast for the entire season, but definitely expecting the overall seasonal gap to not go beyond 15 per cent,” said the director of the India Meteorological Department.