Heavy rains continued to lash parts of north-Karnataka on Monday, damaging road networks, bridges and other key infrastructure throwing life out of gear for the population that is yet to recover from the downpour and floods in August.
Videos of motorists driving through inundated streets, damaged homes and persistent rains in Hubli-Dharward, Gadag, Haveri among other places mostly in the northern parts of Karnataka flooded social media platforms on Monday.
Bengaluru too witnessed heavy rains on Sunday evening and Monday morning causing slow moving traffic due to flooding in several localities of the city.
According to an advisory by the Central Water Commission, there has been wide spread rainfall in the catchment of rivers like Hemavathi, Upper Cauvery, Tunga, Bhadra, Malaprabha and Ghataprabha basins and will continue for the next 24-48 hours.
The rains also leading to a rise in water levels in major dams, sparking fears of more floods due to unregulated release of water.
It added that the out flows from reservoirs and ongoing rainfall likely to lead a rise in water levels in downstream areas in districts like Koppal, Ballari, Hassan, Mysuru, Mandya, Chamrajanagara, Kodagu, Bagalkote, Belagavi, Raichur, Chikamagaluru and Shivamogga.
Authorities asking all concerned departments to remain vigil as there would be flood like situations in the coming four days.
Disaster management authorities have issued a red alert across Coastal Karnataka that is expected to witness heavy rainfall 23 to 25 October.
Uttara Kannada recorded 35.7 mm of rainfall on Monday as against a normal of 3.3 mm while neighbouring Udupi recorded 52.4 mm of rain as against a normal of 3.8 mm.
Belagavi recorded 58 mm of rains on Monday as against a normal of 3.7 mm while Haveri recorded 61.2 mm of rains as against a normal of 3.8 mm. Bagalkote recorded 52.1 mm of rains on Monday as against a normal of 2.4 mm, according to data by the Indian Meteorological centre, Bengaluru. Chikkamagaluru recorded rains of 66 mm as against a normal of 5.6 mm and Davangere recorded 54.8 mm of rains as against a normal of 3.5 mm.
Several parts of Karnataka including Belagavi, Bagalkote, Chickmagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and other districts as well as other states like Kerala, Maharashtra, Bihar and other places have reported flooding and loss of lives and property this year due to heavy rains and resulting floods.
Around 90 people and hundreds of animals died in the rains, floods and landslides in August and September and damaged almost 10 lakh hectares of agricultural land.
The centre has released just under ₹900 crore for earlier estimated damages in excess of ₹35000 crore that has unleashed a political slugfest in which the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) or JD (S) have tried to accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of neglecting repeated requests of the state for increased financial assistance.
Karnataka chief minister, B.S.Yediyurappa-led state government has been at the receiving end of the criticism for the formers inability to get more relief sanctioned from the centre.
The paltry assistance from the centre saw not just the opposition but also members from the BJP itself protest against the union government.
Yediyurappa’s decision to hold just a three day winter session in Bengaluru with barely any time to discuss the floods also came under criticism as he was later rushed to Maharashtra to campaign for the assembly elections.