NEW DELHI, June 6 India's annual monsoon
rainfall is expected to be 98 percent of the long-term average,
the country's state-run weather office said on Tuesday, raising
prospects of higher farm and economic growth.
In April, the state-run India Meteorological Department
(IMD) forecast this year's monsoon rains at 96 percent of the
50-year average of 89 cm.
The monthly rainfall across the country is likely to be 96
percent of its long-term average during July, and 99 percent of
the average during August, both with a model error of 9 percent,
the IMD said in a statement.
(Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Sherry