India's July monsoon rains seen at 94% to 106%, weather office says

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A farmer working in a paddy field is silhouetted against the setting sun on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura August 9, 2010. In 2009. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/File Photo

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NEW DELHI, July 1 (Reuters) - India is likely to receive monsoon rainfall between 94% to 106% of a long-term average in July, the state-run India Meteorological Department said on Friday, the most crucial month for the planting of critical crops such as rice.

India received 8% lower rainfall than average in June because of scanty monsoon in the central parts of the country. read more

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Reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj and Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Toby Chopra

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