Importantly, the Met department has predicted the sharpest drop of 15% in seasonal monsoon showers from the benchmark 50-year average for north-western regions this year.
Water reserves across 22 reservoirs in the western region comprising top two cotton producers--Gujarat and Maharshtra-- hit 26% of the capacity, higher than 23% a year before and the decades average of 20%.
Similarly, in the eastern region that mostly grows the water-intensive paddy crop, water reserves stood at 30% of the total capacity, up from 20% a year before and higher than the ten-year average of 13%. Storage across the central region comprising Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were running at 33% of capacity, higher than 24% a year earlier and the decades average of 12%.
However, water reserves across the southern region including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu reported storage at 13% of the total capacity, slightly higher than 11% a year before but lower than the ten-year average of 18%. The Met department has predicted a 7% shortfall in monsoon rains across the southern region this year.