Indian Monsoon: Two Weeks Later

Monsoon season in India has entered its second week, and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) have claimed that rain volumes have been higher than average.

Indian officials have stated that the rains have eased drought concerns – agriculture forms around 15% of India’s $2.5 trillion economy – but that the excessive rainfall has resulted in at least 16 deaths, and extensive damage to infrastructure in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

While thousands of people have been evacuated in these regions, the IMD has warned of “very heavy rainfall” which could lead to further flooding in more areas. India’s west coast region has been hit the hardest, receiving 28% more than the 50-year average by Wednesday, 7 August.

India experiences a regular monsoon season during July and August every year.

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