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The monsoon arrives one month early
The rains have swept across India and into Pakistan four weeks ahead of schedule.
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2013 09:28
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The southwest monsoon has now covered the entirety of India, four weeks ahead of schedule and the earliest on record.

Normally the rains wouldn’t push into Pakistan until 15 July, but this year the rains are already falling.

In New Delhi, the rains are nearly two weeks ahead of schedule, whereas in Karachi and Islamabad, the rains were nearly three weeks early.

The early onset has brought hope to millions of farmers who depend on the rains for their livelihood.

The June to September monsoon is crucial for farm output and economic growth in India, where just over half of arable land is rain-fed.

The farm sector makes up about 15 percent of the nearly $2 trillion economy that is Asia's third-biggest.

However, the early onset of the rains has also brought flooding problems for many northern parts of the country.

The early rains have been triggered by the heatwave which has gripped central Asia. This, combined with two low pressures on either side of India, drew the moisture northwards, spreading the rains throughout the country.

Towards the end of last week thunderstorms were already pouring across the foothills of the Himalayas.

Relentless rain which poured for 36 hours caused severe flooding in the town of Uttarkashi, in Uttarakhand, Northern India. 465mm of rain fell in just a 24 hour period.

An entire apartment building was swept away by the floods. Three people are known to have died, with another 12 still missing. This brings to 50 the number of people missing due to the flooding in the region.

The monsoon rains are expected to ease over northern India and Pakistan in the next few days. The rains will returned to their average position for this time of year.


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The monsoon has spread across the entirety of India a month early, which is the earliest ever recorded.
SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images
Tha rains started to lash New Delhi on June 14, almost two weeks ahead of schedule.
MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images
India's monsoon accounts for more than 70 percent of the annual rainfall and is essential for all crops, from rice to corn, and sugar cane to cotton.
SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images
The early arrival of the monsoon has brought hope to millions of farmers who depend on the rains for their livelihood.
DANISH SIDDIQUI/REUTERS
However, the rain has also brought flooding for some parts of the country.
NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
In the north of the country, 465mm of rain fell in just 24 hours in the town of Uttarkashi.
DANISH SIDDIQUI/REUTERS
The downpours caused widespread flooding and swept away an entire apartment block.
PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images
The monsoon rains are expected to ease in northern India and Pakistan over the next few days.
DANISH SIDDIQUI/REUTERS
The rains are expected to remain heavy in the southwest, including in Mumbai.
DANISH SIDDIQUI/REUTERS
Over the past few weeks the monsoon has been very heavy in southwest India, which is good news for the region which is currently in the grip of a drought.
VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS
Another 179mm of rain fell in Mumbai in the last 24 hours.
DANISH SIDDIQUI/REUTERS
The monsoon rains are always a big talking point in India, but this year it has generated even more interest than usual thanks to its early arrival.
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Early Monsoonhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoonen-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:13:41 GMTMon, 17 Jun 2013 09:00:52 GMTA whole month earlyhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=07CO9dU4gI5ds

The monsoon has spread across the entirety of India a month early, which is the earliest ever recorded.

Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:15:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=07CO9dU4gI5dsDANISH SIDDIQUIREUTERSReuters Pictures

The monsoon has spread across the entirety of India a month early, which is the earliest ever recorded.

A whole month early
Rain, rain, go awayhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=0fLW17Iek8dma

Tha rains started to lash New Delhi on June 14, almost two weeks ahead of schedule.

Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:40:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=0fLW17Iek8dmaSAJJAD HUSSAINAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Tha rains started to lash New Delhi on June 14, almost two weeks ahead of schedule.

Rain, rain, go away
Who needs an umbrella?http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=0c6r8f37Qxaws

India's monsoon accounts for more than 70 percent of the annual rainfall and is essential for all crops, from rice to corn, and sugar cane to cotton.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 06:46:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=0c6r8f37QxawsMANAN VATSYAYANAAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

India's monsoon accounts for more than 70 percent of the annual rainfall and is essential for all crops, from rice to corn, and sugar cane to cotton.

Who needs an umbrella?
Watching the raindropshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=04Xzfb919V3CK

The early arrival of the monsoon has brought hope to millions of farmers who depend on the rains for their livelihood.

Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:29:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=04Xzfb919V3CKSAJJAD HUSSAINAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

The early arrival of the monsoon has brought hope to millions of farmers who depend on the rains for their livelihood.

Watching the raindrops
Wading homehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=00WwgxQ8zkbuc

However, the rain has also brought flooding for some parts of the country.

Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:19:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=00WwgxQ8zkbucDANISH SIDDIQUIREUTERSReuters Pictures

However, the rain has also brought flooding for some parts of the country.

Wading home
A practical coat for a cyclisthttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=02lY0KFg6V6J6

In the north of the country, 465mm of rain fell in just 24 hours in the town of Uttarkashi.

Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:54:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=02lY0KFg6V6J6NARINDER NANUAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

In the north of the country, 465mm of rain fell in just 24 hours in the town of Uttarkashi.

A practical coat for a cyclist
I'm sure two people could fit under that umbrellahttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=07vAch75J6fnR

The downpours caused widespread flooding and swept away an entire apartment block.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:28:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=07vAch75J6fnRDANISH SIDDIQUIREUTERSReuters Pictures

The downpours caused widespread flooding and swept away an entire apartment block.

I'm sure two people could fit under that umbrella
Technicoloured brollieshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=007S5I41Lc2FN

The monsoon rains are expected to ease in northern India and Pakistan over the next few days.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:40:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=007S5I41Lc2FNPUNIT PARANJPEAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

The monsoon rains are expected to ease in northern India and Pakistan over the next few days.

Technicoloured brollies
Fighting with the windhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=0gHL8ApapW4vw

The rains are expected to remain heavy in the southwest, including in Mumbai.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:26:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=0gHL8ApapW4vwDANISH SIDDIQUIREUTERSReuters Pictures

The rains are expected to remain heavy in the southwest, including in Mumbai.

Fighting with the wind
It's raining, it's pouringhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=09Re5Az1HC1xT

Over the past few weeks the monsoon has been very heavy in southwest India, which is good news for the region which is currently in the grip of a drought.

Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:18:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=09Re5Az1HC1xTDANISH SIDDIQUIREUTERSReuters Pictures

Over the past few weeks the monsoon has been very heavy in southwest India, which is good news for the region which is currently in the grip of a drought.

It's raining, it's pouring
Crashing waveshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=03kw9bkfS94AB

Another 179mm of rain fell in Mumbai in the last 24 hours.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:57:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=03kw9bkfS94ABVIVEK PRAKASHREUTERSReuters Pictures

Another 179mm of rain fell in Mumbai in the last 24 hours.

Crashing waves
Taking shelter anywhere that's offeredhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=09fP2Wp7Gp6iy

The monsoon rains are always a big talking point in India, but this year it has generated even more interest than usual thanks to its early arrival.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:09:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Early-Monsoon?image_id=09fP2Wp7Gp6iyDANISH SIDDIQUIREUTERSReuters Pictures

The monsoon rains are always a big talking point in India, but this year it has generated even more interest than usual thanks to its early arrival.

Taking shelter anywhere that's offered


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