NEW DELHI (Dow Jones) -- Monsoon rains are expected to cover the whole of drought-struck western India by Monday, bringing relief to millions of farmers who have suffered through a dry spell for more than a year.
"The monsoon's further advance is expected to be quite rapid," a senior weather official with state-run India Meteorological Department said. "The monsoon current is quite strong, coming from the southern hemisphere."
Rains in the June 1-6 period in south India, including drought-affected parts of Karnataka state, have been 62% above a 50-year average, weather office data showed.
Nearly a quarter of India was ...