After hoax messages were found circulating on WhatsApp and other instant messaging platforms the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre has clarified that no such storm alert has been issued in the state.
However, the Garden City and other parts of Karnataka are expected to have moderate to heavy rainfall over the weekend.
“There are depressions both in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. These are troughs are moving towards Karnataka. The next three days, the entire state will experience moderate to heavy rains,” Srinivas Reddy, Director of KSNDMC told TNM.
"Northwestern part of Karnataka has received heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours. For the past 24 hours, Gulbarga, Belagavi and Yadgir have received 100-150 mm of rains. The cloud seeding initiative by the government is also helping the weather systems", the KSNDMC said.
10-50 mm of rainfall is expected in all parts of Bengaluru in the coming days.
“Going by the trends south and central Bengaluru is expected to have more rains than other parts of the city,” Subha Avinash, Project Scientist, Hydrology of the KSNDMC told TNM.
Will the city flood again?
“The overnight rainfall on Independence Day that saw many parts of the city inundated was a cloudburst,” said Subha.
“But since it has been raining for the past few days in the city, the earth is saturated with moisture so there can be places which might be waterlogged,” she added.
Karnataka has experienced three successive drought years and this year, as of September 6, south interior Karnataka had a rain deficit of 16%.