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El Nino may affect rains in India
According to the India Meteorological Department, Delhi will soon witness monsoon showers, as the halted monsoon is expected to revive by June 20. The monsoon is feared to be halted due to El Nino phenomenon
THE SEASON of scorching summer is soon going to bid adieu to the capital city. According to reports, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the halted monsoon will be revived by  tomorrow (June 20).
 
Earlier, the monsoon was expected to cover the whole nation by June 15 but due to unusual warming of Pacific currents caused the delay.
 
The delay of monsoon by a week or so is not alarming but experts are a little worried, as the delay is signaling towards El Nino phenomenon, which includes warming of Pacific currents, which sap the monsoon of its rains. Several El Nino years have seen deficient rains over the subcontinent and that is why the early signs have planners worried.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD), which forecasts the progress of the Indian monsoon, said that a definite picture would emerge in the next few days. “The situation is not exactly alarming but we are a little worried,” said a senior IMD official from Pune. “El Nino, if it strengthens between July and September, could impact the rains.” 
 
Meanwhile, Delhi has been maintaining a maximum temperature above 40 degree Celsius and minimum around 25. Occasional thundershowers are helping the city keep going.
 
Timely rain is very crucial for India this year, as the proper production in the agricultural sector is important for the revival of the Indian economy. The buoyant agricultural sector is also being related to newly elected UPA government's pledge to enact the National Food Security Act, where every below poverty line family will be given 25 kg of foodgrain at Rs 3 per kg.
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