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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Monsoon in India - 6 weeks into rainy season, water level at 91 large reservoirs below 10-year average

ix weeks into south-west monsoon season, average water level at country’s 91 large reservoirs remained below what it was a year ago and the average of last ten years, reflecting uneven distribution of rains. According to Central Water Commission (CWC) data released on Thursday, even as 6 reservoirs located in northern states have reported water levels at 34% of their holding capacities against 28% last year, overall water table in key reservoirs across the country have been at 23% of their capacities. A year back the average water table was 27% of capacities while 10 year average of water table is 28% of capacities.
Reservoirs in all other regions — east, west, central and southern India, water table has been reported below last year. “The overall storage position is less than the corresponding period of last year in the country as a whole but is less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period,” according to a CWC statement.
CWC has stated that states those who have better storage or water level than last year for corresponding period are: Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh,Chhattisgarh and Telangana. States those who have less water storage than last year include: Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha,Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka,Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Maharashtra has same water storage level compared to last year.

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