Monsoon rains in India have been 30% below average in the first week of the four-month season.
The country received 14mm of rainfall in the Jun 1-6 period, the India Meteorological Department said on its website.
That’s 30% less than the 50-year average of 19.9mm considered normal for the period.
Last week, weather officials said a cyclonic pressure over the Arabian Sea has delayed the rains, plus or minus 4 days, from its expected June 1 arrival date, reports added.
On Jun 5, rains had reached the mainland in southern Kerala, four days later than normal, according to the IMD.
In India, where agriculture and farming account for 15% of the $2tn economy, timely and sufficient rainfall is extremely crucial as 55% of the arable land depends on rains for water needs. The four-month long season begins in June and ends in September.