India's June monsoon rains 8% below average- weather department

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A woman crosses a road as it rains in Mumbai, India, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Hemanshi Kamani

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MUMBAI, June 30 (Reuters) - India received 8% lower rainfall than average in June because of scanty rainfall in the central parts of the country, the state-run weather office said on Thursday.

Cotton, soybean and sugar cane growing states in central India received as much as 54% lower rainfall than normal in June, according to data compiled by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The monsoon - which accounts for nearly 70% of India's annual rainfall and is the lifeblood of its $2.7 trillion agriculture-dependent economy - arrived on the coast of southern Kerala state on May 29, two days ahead of usual. Its progress later stalled for over a week.

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Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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