Even as the rains across Karnataka have reduced comparatively in the last 48 hours for the first time since August 4, the Indian Meteorological Department has issued warnings for the coastal and central districts of the state.
In fact, all the three coastal districts — Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts – are likely to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday. While two deaths have been reported in Uttara Kannada, two deaths each were reported from Udupi and Dakshina Kannada.
In what may come as some relief, however, the rains are expected to reduce comparatively from Thursday when there will be warning for heavy rainfall in the region.
Heavy rainfall has also been predicted for the adjoining Malnad region which has also been severely affected due to the recent rains. Districts of Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Kodagu and Shivamogga are warned for heavy rainfall for the next five days. Shivamogga has seen three deaths and another four persons are missing.
For the northern parts of the state, which have seen the most number of casualties, there is no warning in Belagavi, Bagalkot, Dharwad, Gadag or Haveri districts in the coming days.
With no significant rainfall in the last 48 hours, waters in the northern districts had started reducing and focus has shifted from relief and rescue operations to rehabilitation.
The official death toll stands at 48 across the state due to the floods that were triggered by heavy rainfall that struck the central and coastal parts on August 4.
Belagavi, which shares a border with Maharashtra, remains the most affected with 13 deaths and around four people missing. The adjoining district of Bagalkot and Dharwad have seen three deaths each. Close to 4 lakh people have been evacuated and are living in 1,224 relief camps spread across 86 taluks in the state.