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El Nino weather pattern has trimmed rainfall: IMD

El Nino weather pattern has trimmed rainfall: IMD
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El Nino Weather Pattern Has Trimmed Rainfall: IMD. India-'s monsoon rainfall deficit has widened to 10 percent as a strengthening El Nino weather...

New Delhi: India's monsoon rainfall deficit has widened to 10 percent as a strengthening El Nino weather pattern trimmed rainfall, the weather department said on Monday, raising fears of the first drought in six years.

The June-August monsoon rains determine farmers' earnings as more than half of farmland lacks irrigation. Though agriculture accounts for about 15 percent of India's $2 trillion economy, three-fifths of its 1.25 billion people depend on it for their livelihood.

According to Met department officials, out of 36 subdivisions, five have received excess rainfall while 16 received normal and 15 got deficit rainfall.

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