BENGALURU: Delayed monsoon has brought water levels further down in major reservoirs of Karnataka, raising concerns. Data accessed by TOI shows only 114 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of live storage is available in 13 major reservoirs. The figure is just about 14% of the total storage capacity of 825 tmcft. According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), the water level in three dams, Ghataprabha (1%), Tungabhadra (2%) and Malaprabha (3%), has literally hit rock bottom. KSNDMC director GS Srinivasa Reddy said the present picture is a complete contrast of the previous year’s situation, when some of the reservoirs were full. “Last year, we received ample rain in May itself. Some dams like Kabini were full by this time. This time, the effect of Cyclone Vayu has further delayed the monsoon. Though rain is expected in a few days, it will take another month to see more inflow into reservoirs,” he added. A senior official from KSNDMC explained that the initial weeks of June usually see a lull, though last year was an exception. “Rain should have started by the second week at least. Delayed filling of dams will have an impact on agriculture and hydro power generation. More importantly, it will have a cascading effect on drinking water availability next summer,” he added. Among the 13 reservoirs, only Supa and Narayanapura have comparatively good live storage at 30%. Even in dams of the Cauvery basin, the levels are between 10% and 14%. Weathermen have predicted rain or thundershowers at a few places in coastal Karnataka and at isolated places in interior Karnataka for the next few days. “On Sunday too, most parts of coastal Karnataka and some of south Karnataka received showers. However, dry weather prevailed in north interior Karnataka. Dakshina Kannada, Uppinangadi and Chikkamagaluru got heavy rain,” said an official from Meteorological Centre, Bengaluru.