Mangaluru, Oct 25 2019: Coastal districts are pounded by heavy showers and wind owing to the low-pressure system in East-central Arabian Sea. The situation will only worsen for the next two days as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the low-pressure area is likely to intensify further into a deep depression and subsequently into a cyclonic storm.
Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre has sounded a red alert for and Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts. The region is likely to receive very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall (above 200 mm in next 24 hours).
The India Meteorological Department has predicted high waves in the range of 3 metres to 3.3 metres for next 24 to 36 hours along the coast from Mangaluru, Malpe and Karwar. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the rough sea for the next two days.
Coast Guard units have been kept on high alert from Oct 24, Thursday to tackle any eventuality, Coast Guard officers state.
Due to strong waves, a temporary sea wall built in Kaiko, Seaground, Kelarianagar was washed away and sea water inundated 15 houses in Someshwara-Uchhil near Mangaluru on Thursday. District In-charge Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary and former minister
U T Khader visited the spot.
Sea erosion : Heavy rain punding coastal districts since Oct 23, Wednesday night. Intense sea erosion has damaged several shops at Murudeshwara. Three country boats have been damaged at Bhatkal and Devbagh beach in Karwar. Coastal erosion also reported from Uchila Someshwara in Dakshina Kannada district.
Manki recorded a staggering 18 cm of rain in the last 24 hours (ending 8.30 am on evening of Oct 24, Thursday), Shirali and Kollur in Udupi district registered 16 cm each, Karwar 14.8 cm and Honnavar 13.
Deluge in Yadgir, Raichur : With a whopping 3.5 lakh cusec water being discharged downstream from Basava Sagara (Narayanapur), standing crops on more than 400 hectares in Yadgir district alone have been damaged. Similarly, the vast tracts of rabi crop have been flooded in Raichur district.
Gurjapur bridge-cum-barrage, Huvinahedagi and Sheelahalli bridges in Lingasugur taluks are still under water. The district administration has sent 27 BSF(Border Security Force) personnel to Devadurg to help local administration in shifting the people from deluge-hit villages to safety.
Heavy showers continued to batter many parts of Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru districts on October 24, Thursday.