RTTNews - The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reiterated that there would be a normal monsoon in the country this year, reports the Business Standard.

A B Mazumdar, Deputy Director-General of Meteorology (Weather Forecasting), said that his organisation stood by what it predicted earlier. He also said that there was a delay in the onset of the monsoon, but IMD was expecting almost 93% of rainfall in the 'rainiest' month of July.

He said that it was difficult to forecast which region would have the minimum and maximum rain, but the north-western region might yield less rainfall this season. In March, the IMD predicted that there would be normal rains across the country in the June-September season. But till June-end, many parts of the country were devoid of rain, resulting in delay in sowing.

A report published by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), which said that El Nino would have an adverse impact on rainfall in India, also caused concern.

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