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Govt cuts 2014 monsoon forecast, says no evidence of drought

Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh said there was no scientific evidence of a drought this year and that the August-September monsoon rains were seen at 95 per cent of the long-period average.

Ratnajyoti Dutta | August 12, 2014 | Updated 16:23 IST
No evidence of drought in 2014: Earth Sciences Minister

The government has lowered its forecast for June-September monsoon rainfall to 87 per cent of long-period average from 93 per cent earlier due to a slow start to the season.

Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday there was no scientific evidence of a drought this year and that the August-September monsoon rains were seen at 95 per cent of the long-period average.

An average monsoon for the August-September period is when India receives downpours of between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year average of 43.5 centimetres, the weather office classification shows.

(Reuters)

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