MUMBAI, Sept 30, India's June-September monsoon rains are expected to start recircling from the northwest region on Oct. 6, marking one of the most delayed retreats of seasonal rainfall, the Indian Meteorological Department said on Thursday.
South-west monsoon rains, which are vital for India's farmers, usually arrive around June 1 at the southernmost Kerala coast and begin retreating in mid-September from Rajasthan'' north-western state of Rajasthan.
However, this year cyclones delayed the retreat, and most parts of the country received heavy rainfall this week, which damaged summer-sown crops ready for harvesting. read more about this season's events.
India received 9% lower rainfall than normal up until the end of August, but a third more than regular in September reduced deficit to 1%, according to the IMD.
Nearly half of India's farmland is waterlogged and dependent on the annual monsoon rains.
Farming accounts for about 15% of India's economy, which is Asia' third largest, and carries more than half of a 1.3 billion population.