Indian monsoon rains seen below average - minister

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 09, 2014 11:31 hrs

NEW DELHI, June 9 (Reuters) - India's monsoon is expected toregister below-average rainfall in 2014, Earth Sciences MinisterJitendra Singh said on Monday.

Rainfall between June and September is forecast to bebetween 90 and 96 percent of the long-term average, Singh told anews briefing.

The four-month-long monsoon season started on a weak note asthe annual rains arrived over India's southern coast about fivedays behind the average date of June 1.

Rainfall in July is seen at 93 percent of the long-termaverage, rising to 96 percent August, Singh said. The impact ofthe El Nino weather phenomenon is likely to be weak in India,added a weather office official. (Reporting by Ratnajyoti Dutta; Editing by Douglas Busvine)

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