India's water reservoir levels at 16 percent capacity in past week | Reuters

 Indias water reservoir levels at 16 percent capacity in past week
| Reuters

NEW DELHI Water levels in India's main reservoirs were at 16 percent of their storage capacity in the week to June 9, down 11 percentage points from a year earlier, government data showed on Thursday.

The latest levels were lower than the last 10 years' average of 20 percent, but 1 percentage point down compared with the previous week.

Monsoon rains, crucial for India's farm sector, arrived at Kerala coast on June 8, a day later than forecast.

Water levels in reservoirs are important primarily for irrigation during the summer and winter months, and for hydropower generation.

(Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Tommy Wilkes)

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Updated Date: Jun 09, 2016 19:20:39 IST