Water crisis: Storage availability India's 91 major reservoirs dipped

New Delhi, Apr 14: With the rising heat across the country, the water storage capacity of 91 reservoirs in India has dipped to 37.92 billion cubic metres, which is just 24% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs.

This has been revealed in the latest bulletin issued by the Central Water Commission on April 13.
The Central Water Commission is monitoring live storage status of 91 reservoirs of the country on weekly basis and is issuing weekly bulletin on every Thursday.

Water storage availability dips in India

The dip in storage capacity in these reservoirs is outcome of less rainfall in 2014 and 2015. These reservoirs are likely to get sufficient water during the June-September period as Meteorological Department has predicted abundant rainfall this year.

Himachal, Punjab, Bengal, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP, Uttarakhand, MP, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala have reported lesser storage than last year for corresponding period while only two states Andhra Pradesh and Tripura have reported better storage.

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The overall storage position is less than the corresponding period of last year in the country as a whole and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period, said the water commission.

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