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Drought: State left with only 32.88% water in dams

The drought situation in Maharashtra is likely to get severe as dams are left with only 32.88 % water stock of the total storage capacity as on Wednesday. Last year on the same day, the available water was 47.74%, as per data from the Water Resources Department.

The Aurangabad division which consists of Marathwada region is the worst hit and is left with only 7.27% water in its dams. Last year the total water available in Marathwada at this time was 42.67%.

Nagpur division too is staring at a water problem with 16.74% water compared to 22.24% last year. Nashik division has 29.79% water stored compared to 49.91% in 2018.

As per Water Supply and Sanitation department data, Maharashtra has deployed 2,636 tankers across the State in 2,151 villages and 4,850 hamlets, as on March 2. Of the total tankers, 2,459 are privately owned while the rest are from the government. Aurangabad division is supplied with the highest number of tankers which is 1,539, while Nashik division has 681 tankers.

Last year in the week of March 5, the State was using only 294 tankers in 304 villages.

As of now, the Konkan division has 55.06% water stock against 61.20% of last year, while Pune division has 46.67% stock as compared to 60.26% in 2018.

For Amravati division it is 31.48% against 24.84% last year, the report said.

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