India's monsoon starts withdrawing in delayed retreat
Oct. 10, 2019
The monsoon generally begins in June and starts to retreat by Sept. 1, but rains have continued beyond that date this year and triggered floods that have killed hundreds.
The previous record for the most delayed monsoon withdrawal was set in 1961, when the seasonal rainfall started retreating on Oct. 1, the weather office said.
Monsoon rains in India were 10% above average in 2019 and the highest in 25 years, the office said last week.
Monsoon rains are crucial to farm output and economic growth because the agricultural sector accounts for about 15% of India's $2.5 trillion economy.
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