According to a report released by the Union water resources ministry, water stock in various reservoirs across the country is evaporating fast as the summer is getting increasingly hotter. The report mentions that the water level in 91 major reservoirs in the country has dipped to 32% of the total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The report also mentions that 1% water has been lost in just a week’s time. Last week, the water stock was 52.632 billion cubic meters (BCM) in the 91 major reservoirs, but at the end of this week, the stock has come down to 50.435 BCM. This is roughly 1% loss in just a week’s time.
Experts said that if this rate of loss continues, it could create severe water shortages, especially if the monsoons are delayed. States that are experiencing drought conditions include Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. In comparison, states were rainfall has been sufficient include Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.