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India retains June-Sept monsoon rainfall forecast

New Delhi,August 3:The weather department today said, India has retained June-September monsoon rainfall forecast for this year's monsoon rains at 88 percent of the long-period average.

Monsoon rains are expected to be 84 percent of the long average in the August-September period, India Meteorological Department further said.

India received a similar level of rains last year but the government did not declare a drought as the monsoon picked up in the latter half of the season, underscoring its highly unpredictable nature, which keeps farmers on the edge.

Adding to this,the El Nino weather pattern could strengthen during the rest of the season.

El Nino, or a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific, can prompt dry spells in Southeast Asia and Australia and heavy rains in South America, curbing food crop output.

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