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Farmers and scientists said on Friday that unseasonably heavy rains in the northern food-bowl states have slowed harvesting, damaged crops, and increased the risk of pest assaults.

Continuous rains in several parts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Punjab have inundated fields and sopped standing crops, causing grain loss. Farmers have tried to save their produce.

According to experts, the monsoon's late rebirth has been beneficial for the eastern states where rains had been sparse and harmful in the north where harvesting has started or is about to commence.

When the June-September monsoon should be starting to retreat, a low pressure system in the Bay of Bengal and a rain-bearing system in the west have converged to provide torrential rainfall.