Chennai, India, is almost out of water. Satellite images show its nearly bone-dry reservoirs

Updated 3:11 PM ET, Thu June 20, 2019

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(CNN)Very little rain, recent scorching temperatures and a late monsoon season are being blamed for the water shortage in India's sixth-largest city, with nearly 5 million residents.

Chennai's water supply comes from four reservoirs, all of which are almost completely dry because the monsoon rain that replenishes them has not come on time. Satellite imagery is making very clear just how low their reservoirs are.
Lake Puzhal, the city's largest, is the large body of water in the satellite image from Maxar below. On June 15, 2018, it was full of blue water.
One year later, the reservoir has been reduced to an almost completely dry lake bed.
Aerial video from a passenger plane shows the dusty lake bed now. Srini Swaminathan took the video of Lake Puzhal as he left Chennai on a flight.
"I intentionally paid for and chose a window seat to see the drought situation of my city from above," he told CNN.
Comparing more satellite imagery from Maxar shows just how much the water level has dropped in the last two months. The video and imagery above show's that there's barely any water in Lake Puzhal.
    But just two months earlier, there was still some water left.
    The reservoir's water supply dramatically shrank between June 15, 2018 and April 6, 2019. Since then, it's barely even a body of water.
    The same is true further south in the smaller reservoir of Lake Chembarambakkam.