The south-west monsoon revived in India today, with the India Meteorological Department reporting that many parts of the country received good rains.
This has again improved the prospects of a strong harvest, which the government is banking on to curb soaring food prices.
The summer monsoon, which brings rainfall to the entire country, has been deficient by 14 per cent so far.
The IMD said monsoon activity was by and large subdued during the second week compared to the first week of this month, but is likely to increase over many parts of the country from today.
"The cumulative seasonal rainfall for the country as a whole during this year's monsoon up to 15 July has so far been 14 per cent below the average.
Of 36 meteorological subdivisions, the rainfall has been excess over six, normal over 16 and deficient in 14 subdivisions," the IMD said in a statement.