Bengaluru: Several regions of Karnataka was put on high alert after weather authorities in the state warned of heavy downpour especially around the coast, Malnad and south Karnataka.
Reports of floods, landslides and instances of roads caving forcing authorities to cancel public bus services and even some trains.
The weather department said that they were forecast of the intensity of rains to continue and has issued a red-alert in several districts.
Schools and colleges in these parts have been shut.
IMD-Bengaluru issued Red alert for Coastal and Malnad districts for next 5 days as on 06.08.2019, it said in a report.
After a slow start, rains have picked up in drought prone Karnataka throwing life out of gear in several districts. Between 30 July and 5 August, Karnataka has received nearly 25% excess rains than average, according to data by the state natural disaster monitoring centre.
Karnataka chief minister B.S.Yediyurappa on Monday said that all districts authorities have been notified to provide all assistance to people and livestock affected by the rains. The chief minister had also written to the Maharashtra government asking them to regulate the release of flood water from Koyna reservoir as it was posing a huge risk for people in Karnataka.
Landslides were reported in some parts of the state including the coffee growing district of Kodagu, bringing back memories of last years rains that led to heavy loss of life and property.
Kodagu is also expected to recieve heavy rains.
However, the rains are not spread out across the state leaving several other districts drier than the others.
The southern parts showed a deficit in rains while the northern belt, bordering Maharashtra, has recorded almost 75% excess rains.
Overall there was a deficit of -12% in the month of July but the copious gains since then has added to the problems of several districts. Though the dams in northern Karnataka have been overflowing, the ones down south are only about half of its capacity. Bengaluru, the growth engine of the state, is facing a severe water crisis and is dependent on reservoirs in south Karnataka to quench its thirst. Bengaluru has only received light showers till now and remains dependent on private water tankers.