Water level in 91 key reservoirs in the country has dipped to 22 percent of their total capacity, government said.
As per Union Water Resources Ministry, 34.082 billion cubic metre (BCM) of water was available in these reservoirs for week ending April 21. Their total capacity is 157.799 BCM.
Levels are 35 percent less than stock available in same period last year and 24 per cent less than the 10-year average storage levels for the same period.
Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala have reported lower levels of water in major reservoirs compared to last year.
Only two states, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh, have reported better storage vis-a-vis last year for the same period. West Bengal has reported same storage.
For the week ending on April 13, stock was at 35.839 BCM or 23 per cent of their total storage capacity.
Estimated water storage capacity of all reservoirs in India is 253.88 BCM. 37 major reservoirs have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.