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Patchy monsoon leaves Indians scrambling for water

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Residents run towards a government tanker delivering drinking water in New Delhi, India on July 6, 2012.

Kevin Frayer / AP

Residents crowd around a government water tanker in New Delhi on July 6, 2012.

Many areas of New Delhi are facing acute water shortages, The Associated Press reports, a repeated annual phenomenon during summer when taps go dry as demand rises.

The Times of India reported on July 11 that levels in 84 reservoirs monitored by government agencies are at 57% of last year's capacity following a patchy start to the monsoon season.

 Previously on PhotoBlog: Managing a growing world population with a shrinking water supply

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Kevin Frayer / AP

A woman holds her child and joins a crowd around a government tanker delivering drinking water in New Delhi on July 12, 2012.

Kevin Frayer / AP

Residents crowd around a tanker in New Delhi on July 6, 2012.

Kevin Frayer / AP

A man sucks on a hose to pull water as a crowd gathers around a tanker in New Delhi on July 13, 2012.

Kevin Frayer / AP

A woman carries buckets filled with water from a tanker in New Delhi on July 6, 2012.