Maharashtra water reservoirs filled upto 49 per cent capacity

Mumbai: Maharashtra received an average rainfall of 55.2 per cent and the state's reservoirs are filled upto 49 per cent of their respective capacities, it was officially announced here today.

Only six districts namely Akola, Amravati, Wardha, Nagpur, Bhandara and Gondia received rainfall between 76 per cent to 100 per cent, according to a release issued by the Maharashtra Chief Minister's office here.

The release said that 18 districts including Konkan, North Maharashtra, Western Maharashtra, parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada received average rainfall between 51 per cent to 75 per cent. Ten districts namely Nashik, Ahmednagar, Solapur, Kolhapur, Beed, Latur, Osmanabad, Nanded, Parbhani, Yavatmal received rainfall less than 50 per cent, the release said.

Until September 4, kharif crops have been sowed on 97 per cent of farmland, the release said. Out of the 49 per cent of water stored in Maharashtra's reservoirs, only eight per cent of water is stored in the Marathwada region, it said.

As many as 1,638 villages and 3,082 wadis are being supplied drinking water by 2,130 water tankers. During this period last year, only 48 tankers were deployed to supply drinking water to areas facing drinking water scarcity.

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