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Monsoon rains 38% above-average this week: IMD

File photo: An aerial view shows a flooded residential area after heavy rains in Ahmedabad, India Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Mumbai, India Sep 11, 2019, 06.39 PM (IST)

Monsoon rains in India were above average in the week through Wednesday, the weather office said, like soybean and cotton growing central parts of the country received heavy rainfall, damaging crops in some pockets.

Monsoon rains are crucial to farm output and economic growth because the agricultural sector accounts for about 15 per cent of India's $2.5 trillion economies.

India received 38 per cent more rainfall than the 50-year average in the week to September 11, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed, with central India receiving 142 per cent more rain.

Overall, India has received 3 per cent more rain than average since the start of the monsoon season on June 1.

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Monsoon rains are crucial to farm output and economic growth because the agricultural sector accounts for about 15 per cent of India's $2.5 trillion economies.