Water level in Kerala dams lower than Tamil Nadu dams
Mankulam: The quantity of water remaining in dams in Kerala is less than the water in dams in Tamil Nadu, says a latest report of the Central Water Commission (CWC) published on July 4. When the water level in 91 dams in the country was calculated, the dams in Kerala and other south Indian states have the lowest water level.
The CWC releases weekly reports on the water level in the 91 dams in the country. According to this, the lowest water level compared to the average water level in the past 10 years was found in Andhra Pradesh among the south Indian states. The decline in water level was 84 percent in Andhra. Kerala occupies the next spot in the list with a decline of 54 percent. Tamil Nadu (52), Karnataka (41) and Telangana (38) come in the next places.
Tamil Nadu is the state that suffers the most dreadful drought. So, when the water sources in Kerala is less than that of Tamil Nadu, it indicates impending water crisis. Kerala had the setback following the decline of summer rain and monsoon.
A total of 26.94 billion cubic metre water is available in the dams in the country. This was 32.58 billion cubic metre last year. The average water level in last 10 years is 32.78 billion cubic metre. As per this records, the lowest water level in the dams in the past 10 years was witnessed this year.
The CWC report categorises the country into five different zones. Among this, the lowest water level is found in the south Indian zone. There is only 5.49 billion cubic metre water in the 31 dams here. This is only 11 percent of total storage capacity of these dams. Last year, there was 25 percent water in the dams and the average water level in 10 years is 20 percent.