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91 Key reservoirs in India have less than a quarter of their full capacities left

91 Key reservoirs in India have less than a quarter of their full capacities left
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The mercury has soared all across India, because of which the water storage availability at India's 91 major reservoirs has dipped to mere 37.92 billion cubic metres, and this might come as a shock to everyone, but this is just 24% of the total storage capacity of these reservoirs.

In its latest bulletin, the Central Water Commission has noted that as on April 7, the storage status of these reservoirs was even less than the corresponding period last year.

It is during the monsoon period of June to September that the reservoirs usually get their share of water; however, because of less rainfall in 2014 and 2015, they have seen heavy decline in water availability. This is also directly hampering the irrigation scene of India.

As a ray of hope, the India Meteorological Department has predicted abundant rainfall this year, because of which these reservoirs are supposed to get enough water during this monsoon.

Indian states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bengal, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP, Uttarakhand, MP, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala are facing lesser storage than last year’s corresponding period.

On the other hand, Andhra Pradesh and Tripura, only two states have reported better storage as compared to the previous year.

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