Why The Monsoon Is So Crucial For India And Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Mumbai:  Monsoon rains are likely to be 97 percent of their long-term average in 2018, the meteorological department said on Monday, reassuring farmers ahead of summer planting.

What are the categories of monsoon?

A normal, or average, monsoon means rainfall between 96 and 104 percent of 89 cm, which is a 50-year average rainfall in four months starting in June.

The classification by the India Meteorological Department, says rainfall below 90 percent of the average would count as drought.
 

The monsoon season starts with rains on the southern Kerala coast around June 1 (PTI)

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first two years in office — in 2014 and 2015 — there were consecutive droughts, that led to some criticism of the government’s handling of the issue.

Rainfall above 110 percent of the average means an excessive monsoon, which is not as damaging as a drought, but could be potentially harmful for the yields of certain crops.

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