1. Monsoon in India: Good news; reservoir levels higher than 10-yr average in week 1

Monsoon in India: Good news; reservoir levels higher than 10-yr average in week 1

Just over a week into south-west monsoon’s progress, the water level at the country's key 91 large reservoirs have been more than the last year’s level as well as average of last ten years.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 9, 2017 2:56 AM
Monsoon, Monsoon in india, Monsoon india, reservoirs, reservoirs india, cwc, central water commission, monsoon forecast, monsoon predictions The CWC statement said that out of 91 reservoirs, 44 reservoirs reported more than 80% of normal storage and 47 reservoirs reported 80% or below of normal storage. (Representative Image: Reuters)

Just over a week into south-west monsoon’s progress, the water level at the country’s key 91 large reservoirs have been more than the last year’s level as well as average of last ten years. According to data released by the Central Water Commission (CWC) on Thursday, with the exception to 31 reservoirs located in southern states –where water table had plummeted to only 7% of their capacities–, overall water table in key reservoirs across the country has been 20% of their capacities. A year ago, the average water table was only 16% of their capacities in key reservoirs while 10-year average of water table is 19% of their capacities. “The overall storage position is better than the corresponding period of last year as a whole and is also better than the average storage of last ten years,” CWC said in a statement. Officials say that with the progress of monsoon, water level in reservoirs is expected to rise, ensuring sufficient water for drinking and irrigation purpose.

The CWC statement said that out of 91 reservoirs, 44 reservoirs reported more than 80% of normal storage and 47 reservoirs reported 80% or below of normal storage. Out of those 47 reservoirs which reported below normal storage, 33 have water level up to 50% of the normal storage.

Ganga, Sabarmati, Mahi, Narmada ,Tapi and Mahanadi basins reported better than normal water level now, while Cauvery and Krishna basins reported highly deficient water level.

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Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD), in its latest forecast, said: “favourable conditions are developing for further advance of southwest monsoon into some more parts of Konkan, interior Karnataka, parts of madhya Maharashtra, Rayalaseema, coastal Andhra Pradesh, and remaining parts of Tripura, Assam & Meghalaya and some parts of West Bengal during next two to three days.” IMD earlier this week had reiterated that this year’s monsoon rainfall (June-Sept) would be “normal” .

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