People hold umbrellas as they walk in heavy rain in Shimla

People hold umbrellas as they walk in a heavy rain shower in the northern Indian hill town of Shimla. India's monsoon rains recorded higher than average levels in the first week of the four-month rainy season, weather office sources told Reuters on Thursday, reflecting a timely onset and progress so far over southern states. (Stringer/Reuters photo)

People hold umbrellas as they walk in a heavy rain shower in the northern Indian hill town of Shimla. India’s monsoon rains recorded higher than average levels in the first week of the four-month rainy season, weather office sources told Reuters on Thursday, reflecting a timely onset and progress so far over southern states. (Stringer/Reuters photo)