Monsoon deficit has been at 12 percent so far this season (June 1 to September 2). However, the rain deficit in the southern peninsula and central India was 22 percent and 16 percent, respectively, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data. Southern peninsula comprises of states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, while Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Gujarat are part of central India.

"Monsoon rains have already revived from today in south peninsula and central India. More rains are likely in this region as pressure is building in the Bay of Bengal and moving into inland by September 15," IMD Director General L S Rathore told reporters.

Revival in rains augur well for kharif crops and would also help narrow rainfall deficit in September, he said. The rain deficit in September is 50 percent. Rathore cited that overall monsoon deficit for June-September period is expected to be 12-14 percent below normal as projected earlier.

Water level in reservoirs in southern peninsula is very low and revival in rains will help, he added. "For the country as a whole, cumulative rainfall during monsoon season till September 2 has so far been 12 percent below the Long Period Average (LPA). Rainfall activity was less than normal in all the broad homogeneous regions of India except east and northeast India, where it was near normal," IMD had said in a statement last week.

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