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Monsoon likely to be near normal this year: India Meteorological Department

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Agencies New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 15, 2019, 04.01 PM (IST)

Monsoon is likely to be "near normal" this year, the India Meteorological Department(IMD) said on Monday.

Monsoon is likely to be 96 per cent of the long period average (LPA), M. Rajeevan, secretary at the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said.

LPA is the average of rainfall between 1951 and 2000, which is 89 cm. Anything between 90-95 per cent of LPA falls under the "below normal" category. 

The monsoon season delivers about 70 per cent of India's annual rainfall and is key to the success of the farm sector in Asia's third-biggest economy.

In February, Skymet had said monsoon rains in India are expected to be normal this year.

In 2017 and 2018, rainfall was 95 per cent and 91 per cent of the long-term average respectively.

(Inputs from PTI, Reuters)