IMD warns of thundershowers and strong winds in six districts
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for six districts of coastal Karnataka, predicting the possibility of heavy showers in several parts of the state on Thursday. The IMD has sounded a yellow alert for Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru and Kodagu districts, forecasting thundershowers in the coastal belt and also southern parts of interior Karnataka. The fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea as the winds might have a velocity of 40 km to 55 km per hour in the coastal region.
The yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 and 11 cm. The IMD has attributed the rainfall to a low pressure whirlwind that has formed over the Arabian Sea and is moving towards the west coast. The whirlwind is expected to intensify into a depression by Friday and move away from the coast, reducing the rainfall intensity.
Rainfall causes mudslides and flooding in low-lying areas
Some places in the northern parts of interior Karnataka are expected to get heavy showers, said the IMD. Till Saturday, Kundapur received seven cm, Mangaluru Airport, Panambur, Kota and Uppinangady experienced four cm of rainfall, while Mangaluru, Mani and Udupi received three cm of rainfall. Incidents of mudslides and damage to houses have been reported in the areas of Konaje and Harekala. Many low-lying areas in different parts of Dakshina Kannada have been flooded.
The district administrations have been alerted to take necessary measures to prevent any loss of life or property due to the rains. The officials have been instructed to clear any waterlogging or debris on the roads and ensure smooth traffic movement. The public have been advised to avoid unnecessary travel and stay indoors during the heavy rains.
Rainfall brings relief to farmers and water scarcity-hit regions
The rainfall has brought some relief to the farmers and the regions facing water scarcity in the state. The farmers have been waiting for the onset of the monsoon to sow their crops, especially paddy, sugarcane and maize. The rainfall has also improved the water level in the reservoirs and rivers, easing the drinking water crisis in some parts of the state.
According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), the state has received 15% excess rainfall from June 1 to July 15, compared to the normal rainfall for the period. The coastal and Malnad regions have received 29% and 25% excess rainfall respectively, while the north and south interior Karnataka have received 9% and 4% excess rainfall respectively.