The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of more rainfall in the state of Karnataka over the next five days beginning Friday as many parts of the state are reeling under floods. In its forecast issued on Friday, the IMD said there will be isolated heavy rainfall to extremely heavy rainfall in seven districts until Sunday morning.
For the three coastal districts, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi, the Met Department has warned of scattered heavy rainfall to very heavy rainfall with isolated places having extremely heavy rainfall for Friday and Saturday (August 10). While Sunday will see heavy to very heavy rainfall in these three districts, Monday and Tuesday will witness heavy rainfall.
According to the IMD, heavy rainfall is between 64.5-115.5 mm, very heavy rainfall is 115.5mm- 204.4 mm, extremely heavy rainfall is excess rainfall of 204.5 mm.
In north Karnataka‚Äôs Belagavi, which is the worst affected district, IMD has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy rainfall until 8.30am on Sunday. Thereafter, the rains are expected to subsite to light to moderate intensity.
For Dharwad and Haveri districts, there is a warning for heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday.
In Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu, Shivamogga of the Malnad region, IMD warns of scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall, with isolated extremely heavy rainfall from Friday until 8.30am on Sunday. Heavy rainfall is predicted till 8.30am on Wednesday.
For Hassan district, there is warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday. From Sunday until Wednesday morning, heavy rainfall is forecast. While Mysuru district will see heavy to very heavy rainfall on Friday, and heavy rainfall on Saturday, the rains subside thereafter. IMD forecasts heavy rains until Sunday morning in Mandya.
Due to rainfall in the entire Cauvery catchment area, many tributaries are in spate and there is fear of them flooding its bank. The Lakshman Tirtha river which originates from Virajpet in Kodagu has flooded its bank in 80 years. Since Wayanad is flooded, Kabini dam is getting heavy inflows as well. Fishermen have been advised not to venture out in the sea.
There has been extremely heavy rainfall in many parts of the state in the last 24 hours, According to the IMD, Bhagamandala ( Kodagu) received 400 mm , Yellapur ( Uttara Kannada) received 300 mm, Hunchadakatte ( Shivamogga) received 290 mm, Virajpet ( Kodagu), Kalasa ( Chikkamagaluru) received 270 mm each, Ponnampet ( Kodagu) received 260 mm, Sargur ( Mysuru) received 230 mm, Mudigere ( Chikkamagaluru) received 220 mm, Sringeri ( Chikkamagaluru) received 210 mm.