A 60% deficit in the northeast monsoon has meant that Chennai will be hit by a severe water crisis, as the available water will sustain only for about a month.
With no rains forecast for the rest of the week, the reservoirs in the city are running dry, as per a report in the Times of India.
The combined storage level in the Poondi, Chembrambakkam, Red Hills and Cholavaram reservoirs was just 14% of the total capacity of 11,057 million cubic feet, the report states.
The reservoirs together are responsible for 50% of the daily water supply to the city.
â€œWe are still sustaining supply with the two thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) available in the reservoirs. This will be enough for a month,â€œ said a Metrowater official.
Met officials said that a system which was likely to form near Andamans would possibly pass over Tamil Nadu and move towards Myanmar, thereby bringing no rain to the city, the report adds.
â€œChennai will see dry weather and the temperature would be a minimum and maximum of 24 and 31 degrees Celsius,â€œ said S Balachandran, director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai.
Taking note of the drought-like situation in the state, municipal administration minister S P Velumani met with local body officials on Tuesday to chalk out a strategy.
While Metrowater officials said they are maintaining the daily water supply, residents in many areas have already started feeling the pinch with water supply being erratic.