Chennai, the sixth largest city of India has been facing acute water shortage for weeks now.
While scarce rain, scorching temperatures and a late monsoon season may be some of the reasons behind this crisis, reports suggest that four of the city's main water reservoirs have run completely dry.
An aerial video of the Chembarambakkam Lake, one of the largest fresh water reservoirs in Chennai, shows the extent to which the water body has dried.
That’s the mighty Chembarambakkam Lake that gives Chennai most of its water. Now, not a drop visible. Bone dry. If this doesn’t push people & Govt to action, no one can save us https://t.co/wZ0Qh3vpBC pic.twitter.com/4RdpT3qArr— Srini Swaminathan (@srini091) June 17, 2019
Satellite imagery from Planet Labs also show how the mighty Chembarambakkam Lake is drying up slowly.
Other satellite images of Lake Puzhal compare how the water reservoir has turned into a dry bed over the last year.
This combo of June 15, 2018, satellite image, left and April 6, 2019, satellite image right provided by Maxar Technologies shows Puzhal reservoir in Chennai. (PTI Photo)#watercrisis #WaterScarcity #ChennaiWaterCrisis pic.twitter.com/jAnK52JBwS— OneIndia (@Oneindia) June 20, 2019
Chennai relies heavily on the northeast monsoon which failed badly last year and the city recorded a deficit of 55% rainfall.
Amidst this situation of crisis, some rainfall on 20th June brought the much needed respite.
Rains in Padur near Kelambakkam now. Siruseri too is getting rains. Southern parts of OMR and ECR in Chennai city is getting rains now. Clouds are moving from sw to ne, other parts of city might get showers too. pic.twitter.com/af5ZnydcUW— TamilNadu Weatherman (@praddy06) June 20, 2019
The much awaited Chennai rains.. pic.twitter.com/6tgxPZRdoR— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) June 20, 2019