Mangaluru, June 14, 2019: Rain poured down in the coastal districts on June 13, Thursday with Nethravathi and Kumradhara rivers springing flowing with life in Dakshina Kannada district, to the relief of people.
In the last 24 hours, ending 8 am June 13, DK district received an average of 39.5 mm rainfall. Mangaluru received highest of 84.6 mm followed by Bantwal—50.4 mm, Belthangady—35.1 mm, Puttur—20.6 mm and Sullia—6.8 mm. The district had received 920.9 mm rainfall (from January till June 13) in 2018.
Water flowing on KS Rao Road and Sharavu Temple road highlighted the shoddy monsoon preparedness of the Mangaluru City Corporation. The movement of vehicles as well as pedestrians was affected on these roads. The road beneath Padil Road Under Bridge (RUB) resembled a slushy field.
Two houses were damaged due to gusty wind and rain at Tyagarajanagara in Kumbra of Puttur taluk. Six electricity poles were uprooted in the taluk. Three houses were partially damaged after lightning struck the house at Golithottu in Nelyadi.
DK DC Sasikanth Senthil said that a boat had been reserved to evacuate people in case of landslides and flood at Adyapadi. The uprooted trees on Charmadi Ghat have been cleared.
City Police Commissioner Sandip Patil along with the officers visited the water logged road at Pumpwell Junction.
Meanwhile, the intermittent rain in the last few days in and around Uppinangady, Dharmasthala has increased the inflow of water to the Rivers Kumaradhara and Nethravathi. The rivers had gone dry in the month of April and May. Snanaghatta (bathing ghat) in Dharmasthala is again filled with the devotees.
Madikeri in Kodagu district received intermittent drizzling and the showers intensified in the evening. Siddapura, Gonikoppa, Napoklu, and Bhagamandala received heavy rains.
The district received 16.92 mm rains during the last 24 hours, ending on 8.30 am on Thursday. There were reports of moderate rain in Chikkamagaluru district.
Rains have gained pace in the coastal areas of Uttara Kannada. Power supply was disrupted to half of Karwar for the whole day as two electricity poles on 33 kV line were uprooted due to strong winds.
Monsoon proper soon, says IMD:
More rain is forecast, it will take "two to three" more days for the onset of South West monsoon. Following the slow progress of monsoon along the peninsula, meteorologists have now pinned hopes on a cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal to improve the monsoon monsoon conditions.
Meanwhile, the numerical weather prediction division of the Indian Meteorological Department indicates that interior parts of the state will receive good rainfall only around June 20, as the northern limit of monsoon continued to stagnate over North Kerala.
Director-in-charge, IMD, Bengaluru, said there has been a ’further slight delay’ in the onset of monsoon in Karnataka.
"We expect the monsoon to set in, in the state, over two to three days from now," Prior to the development of cyclone ’Vayu’, IMD had forecast the monsoon to set in Karnataka by June 13.
According to IMD forecast, interior Karnataka region will not receive good rainfall for the next five days. During the period, rainfall is expected to be scattered in nature.
Though rainfall is widespread in coastal region, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Cell (KSNDMC) data shows rainfall was below normal even along the coast. The region has received only half the normal rainfall for the period. Similar conditions have been observed in Malnad region, the prime catchment area for reservoirs.
Sources in IMD said monsoon will set in, only after Vayu weakens. scientists at KSNDMC, said the delay would affect agricultural activities in the state.
"Coastal areas are receiving good rainfall. However, conditions to declare the onset of monsoon in Karnataka coast have not been fulfilled," it is stated.