Nature & Environment

Heavy Rainfall Soaks Bengaluru; More Rain Predicted for Coastal and Interior Karnataka, Says IMD

BENGALURU: The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has issued an urgent advisory regarding the rising water levels of the Doni river at the Talikot HO site in Bijapur (Muddebihal taluk). According to a circular from the Central Water Commission, the river is currently flowing above danger levels, with the water level reaching 501.48 meters and rising by approximately 7 centimeters per hour. This situation has raised concerns for potential flooding and necessitates close monitoring.

Adding to the state’s weather woes, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a severe rainfall alert for the next 72 to 84 hours. This alert covers the Krishna Catchment areas in Karnataka, as well as parts of Maharashtra, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh. The heavy rainfall predictions have prompted warnings for residents in these regions to be prepared for potential flooding and other rain-related disruptions.

Bengaluru experienced brief but intense rainfall on Sunday, causing temporary waterlogging in several parts of the city. The rainfall was part of a broader weather pattern affecting coastal Karnataka, the Western Ghats, and north interior Karnataka, all of which saw significant precipitation over the weekend.

Coastal Karnataka has been issued a high wave alert for the next 48 hours. Specifically, in Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts, wave heights are expected to range between 1.9 meters and 2.5 meters. In Dakshina Kannada, waves are anticipated to reach between 1.7 meters and 2.1 meters. These conditions pose risks to coastal communities and have prompted authorities to advise caution for those near the shorelines.

On June 10, Uttara Kannada district is forecasted to experience scattered heavy to very heavy rain with isolated instances of extreme heavy rain and thundershowers. The district, already bracing for high waves, will need to prepare for potential flooding and related disruptions.

Other districts expected to be affected include Belagavi, Gadag, Dharwad, Koppal, Bagalkote, Haveri, Vijayapura, and Raichur. These areas are forecasted to experience thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds of 40-50 kmph. Residents in these regions should take precautions to secure property and ensure personal safety during the adverse weather conditions.

The KSNDMC and IMD are continuously monitoring the situation and will provide updates as necessary. Residents in affected areas are urged to stay informed through official channels and follow any instructions from local authorities to ensure safety during this period of severe weather.

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