Delay in monsoon leaves water reservoirs in Karnataka dry

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Various in Karnataka, July 5 (ANI): Water crisis looms large over Karnataka, as delayed arrival of monsoon has led to drying up of water levels in 81 crucial reservoirs in the state.

A data recently released by the State Government showed water levels in all the state reservoirs at just 44 per cent of water levels at this time last year, and at 65 per cent of the average of the last 10 years.

Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir has almost no water. Tungabhadra dam is receiving only 732 cusecs of water, compared to 30,618 cusecs last year.

Rivers all over India are running dry. Water levels in the Ganges, Indus, Narmada, Sabarmati, Godavari and rivers of the Kutch were all at 10 per cent or less of their full capacity.

The delayed monsoon has affected the area under the kharif crop. It is down by about seven lakh hectares from the 25.20-lakh hectares sown at this time last year.

Farmers said that due to shortage of water their crops are dying, thus threatening their livelihood.

"There is no water in any of the dams, ponds and canals. There is no water for animals also. I don't know why the rain god is not pleased with us," said Kempamma, a farmer.

Some have even tilled their lands for the next crop hoping for sudden downpour of monsoon showers.

"Generally, it used to rain during the month of June, but now it's already July and still there is no rain. Be it Kanva, Tungabhadra or Krishna Raja Sagar, there is no water in any of the dams.

We have even prepared the land for the next crop, but due to shortage of rain water, we are worried about future," said Rajanna, another farmer.

State Home Minister VS Acharya, however, feels that the dry spell will be followed by rains.

"For sowing activity, there is no problem. Rains are coming to that extent. For further development and requirements, rains will come. Normally when rains have been there in May, June will be slightly dry, so that is the case. It is a dry spell," said Acharya.

Earlier, the Meteorological Department had predicted of heavy downpour of rainfall in the state. (ANI)

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