Monsoon likely to reach Andamans within 3 days

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New Delhi, May 14: Conditions are favourable for the onset of the monsoon over India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands within a couple of days, weather officials said on Tuesday.

Sources at India's Meteorological Department said that the advance of the monsoon has been facilitated by a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal. The timely arrival of the monsoon is extremely important as the total amount of rain for the country's agriculture, where most farmland depends on rain. The country is expecting normal monsoon this year.

Another weather official, however, said that it was premature to predict the monsoon's arrival over India's mainland through the southern state of Kerala, where the rains generally arrive by the end of May or the first week of July.

India received below-normal rain in the first half of the June-September monsoon season last year and even though it had picked up late from August end, large parts of west and south remained deprived.

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