Karnataka records 134% excess rain; crops submerged, cattle trapped in Udupi

Following the heavy showers, the rivers including Malaprabha, Krishna, Tungabhadra and Cauvery across the state are flowing in full spate.

ByMahesh M Goudar

Published Jul 04, 2024 | 3:46 PM Updated Jul 04, 2024 | 3:46 PM

Flooding in Udupi.

Parts of Karnataka witnessed heavy waterlogging and flooding on Wednesday, 4 June, following heavy rains.

According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), the state has recorded 134 percent excess rain across all regions in the last 24 hours, with reporting 17.8 mm against the average expected rain of 7.6mm.

“The coastal region has recorded 94.9mm rains against the actual rainfall of 34.5mm. Udupi and Uttara Kannada have recorded 205 percent and 222 percent excess rain in the last 24 hours.”

“Likewise, Malnad has also recorded 44.7 mm rain, which is 142 percent excess. Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru have received excess rain. In the last week, the rains have picked up in coastal and Malnad regions,” claimed the KSNDMC report.

South Karnataka received 3.7 mm of rainfall, 106 percent excess, in the last 24 hours. Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagara, Kolar and Tumakuru have reported moderate showers. The region has recorded 58 percent excess rain since the beginning of the Southwest Monsoon.

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Moderate rains in North Karnataka

However, North Karnataka only reported a mere 8 percent excess rain, recording 2.7 mm rain in the last 24 hours. Since the start of the monsoon, the region has received moderate rainfall, with reporting 40 percent excess rain.

Only Bidar and Belagavi reported heavy showers and the remaining districts in the North have all recorded deficit rainfall in the last 24 hours.

However, all the districts have reported moderate rains since the start of the south-west monsoon.

The rains led to significant flooding in the Udupi district, affecting numerous villages. Rescue personnel are using boats to relocate residents to higher ground and local hospitals.

Hundreds of acres of agricultural land are reportedly submerged and cattle are feared to be trapped in their sheds in Udupi.

Local authorities and disaster management teams are on high alert, working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected communities.

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Krishna river water levels rise

As all the regions are receiving heavy showers, the rivers including Malaprabha, Krishna, Tungabhadra and Cauvery across the state are flowing in full spate and also increased inflow to major reservoirs.

All the crest gates of Hipparagi Barrage in Bagalkot have been opened discharging water into the river, causing a significant increase in inflow into the Lal Bahadur Shastri reservoir.

Due to the increase in water level, Almatti Reservoir’s storage capacity is also closely monitored by officials.

Meanwhile, the rains also brought the Malaprabha river to life in Belagavi’s Khanapur. The river is flowing in full spate, reviving the region’s beauty.

However, due to safety concerns, the Belagavi District Administration has banned entry to waterfalls and tourist spots in Khanapura.

According to the KSNDMC: “In four reservoirs in the Cauvery River basin, the water storage stands at 59.93 tmc against the maximum capacity of 114.57 tmc. Krishna Raja Sagar and Kabini reservoirs are receiving 11,189 cusecs and 6,874 cusecs of water.”

“In six reservoirs of Krishna River basin, the water storage is at 72.39 tmc against the maximum capacity of 422.45 tmc. Almatti and Tungabhadra reservoirs are receiving 34,584 cusecs and 15,492 cusecs of water, respectively,” claimed the KSNDMC reports.

(Edited by Muhammed Fazil)

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