A cyclonic storm, named Kyarr, over east central Arabia Sea is likely to add to the troubles of people living in southern Maharashtra, north and coastal Karnataka, according to information provided by the state disaster management authorities.
The Karnataka Disaster Management authorities said Kyarr moved northwards with a speed of 5 kmph during the past 6 hrs, intensified into a cyclonic storm at 5:30 am today near 240 km west-southwest of Ratnagiri in neighbouring Maharashtra.
“It is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 12 hours," Karnataka disaster management authorities said on Friday.
Kyarr’s expected landfall comes even as the entire northern and coastal parts of Karnataka have been lashed with heavy downpours and inundation of entire villages and infrastructure. A holiday has been declared in all schools, colleges and most places of workplaces and fishermen have been instructed not to venture into the sea on Friday.
Karnataka has been one of the worst hit in this year's rains that has claimed over 100 human and hundreds of animal life, destroyed over 10 lakh hectares of crops as the state witnessed one of the worst floods in over a century.
Rains, floods and loss of lives has been reported in Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bihar among other places across the country.
Authorities said that there will be light to heavy rainfall in coastal areas of Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka with wind speeds likely to reach over 55-80 kmph in extreme conditions.
On Thursday, the three districts in the coast received 76.6 mm rainfall as against a normal of 3.6 with Udupi recording over 100.3 mm of rainfall as against a normal of 3.4 mm.
Though there was a break from heavy rains in north Karnataka division, there have been reports of downpours on Friday.
Authorities said that the Kyarr is very likely to move west-northwestwards towards Oman coast during the next five days.