A summer drought makes a bad situation worse for an Indian economy already crippled by a sharp slowdown in growth, persistent inflation and a politically hamstrung government.
Late on Thursday, New Delhi confirmed the first drought in three years as monsoon rains are likely to be less than 90 percent of the long-term average, dealing a blow to Asia's third-largest economy, where more than half the farmland lacks irrigation.
"We already have a scenario in which growth is going down and inflation is going up, so it's going to worsen this further," said DK Joshi, principal economist at ratings agency Crisil.
Image: A farmer shows a dry, cracked paddy field in Ranbir Singh Pura 34 kilometers (21 miles) from Jammu.
Text: Tony Munroe, Reuters