As per the latest report released on live storage available in the reservoirs in India is 35.839 BCM, which is 23 per cent of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The report states that current storage is 67 per cent of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 77 per cent of storage of average of last ten years. Experts attribute the depleting water levels in reservoirs to two years of poor rainfall in the country. Indian meteorological department announced that monsoon in 2016 was likely to be ‘above normal’, which may increase the water levels to considerable level. The western and southern regions are the most affected. The live storage level in 27 reservoirs of the western region, which includes Maharashtra and Gujarat, is a mere 18 per cent, compared to 36 per cent last year. In the southern region, the situation is even worse, with water levels at 15 per cent of the total live storage capacity in 31 reservoirs of this region. In fact, four reservoirs – three in Maharashtra and one in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are left with no water at the moment.
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