Water levels in India’s main reservoirs were at 34 per cent of their storage capacity in the week to July 21, down 3 percentage points from a year earlier, government data showed.
The latest levels in water reservoirs were higher than the last 10 years’ average of 33 per cent, and were 5 percentage points more compared with the previous week.
Monsoon rains, crucial for India’s farm sector, were 7 per cent below average in the week to July 20, but have been 1 per cent above average since June 1, the typical onset time of the four-month long season.
The monsoon arrived in India on June 8 this year, a week later than usual.
Water levels in reservoirs are important primarily for irrigation during the summer and winter months, and for hydropower generation.