Seasonal rainfall deficiency has shrunk further after the first week of excess rainfall in the June-September monsoon.

Rainfall in the week ended 23 July was 24% more than the average, according to data released by India Meteorological Department (IMD).

That reduced the seasonal rainfall deficiency to 25% of the long-period average from 29% in the previous week. The southwest monsoon has been exceptionally heavy over Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and active over Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Kerala.

The areas receiving normal or excess rainfall now cover more than half the country. Met officials say heavy rainfall is likely to continue until the end of July.