Monday, June 7, 2010

Southwest monsoon to advance: Met

NEW DELHI: Monsoon rains, crucial for farm output in the worlds leading consumer of sugar, grains and cooking oils, have revived after being stalled by a cyclone last week, weather officials said on Monday.

Cyclone Phet near the Oman coast in the Arabian sea had halted the southwest monsoons advance toward the north of India for four days, soon after they had hit Kerala on May 31, a day ahead of schedule.

Monsoon has revived, said a senior weather official who did not wish to be named.

The monsoon is expected to cover more areas of the southern Karnataka state, a big producer of cane and corn, from Monday.

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