Mangaluru, July 20, 2019: A ‘Red Alert’ for west coast and Kodagu, forecasting heavy rains for the next three to four days forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD) on JULY 19, Friday due the south-west monsoon, which has been weak, now has gained momentum.
In the past 24 hours, DK has received an average of 43.2 mm rainfall. Bantwal received the highest of 79.2 mm followed by Mangaluru—53.1 mm, Belthangady—42.4 mm, Puttur—21.2 mm and Sullia—20.1 mm.
DK district has received an average of 977.6 mm rainfall since January till July 19. The district had received an average of 2,605.8 mm rainfall last year during the corresponding period. The normal average rainfall in the month of July is 1,217 mm.
The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has also issued an alert, warning about heavy rains across coastal districts in the next four days. According to the IMD forecast, the hilly district may receive 200 mm rainfall during ‘Red Alert’ days.
Speaking to media Sundar Metri, Director, IMD Bengaluru, said Uttara Kannada will receive heavy rain accompanied by strong winds from Friday night itself.
“The heavy rains will continue in other districts starting from today July 20, Saturday. Through the district administration, we have advised fishermen not to venture into the sea as there will be low visibility and high tide,” he said.
The heavy rains are attributed to the shear zone of monsoon turbulence characterized by rapid change in wind velocity or direction presaging an active phase of south-west monsoon.
“Under the influence of shear zone and strong winds at lower levels, active to vigorous monsoon condition with widespread very heavy rainfall will occur over coastal and south interior Karnataka,” IMD forecast said.
“While it rained lightly all day in in the ghats, Madikeri, moderate rainfall was witnessed in Napoklu, Bhagamandala, Talacauvery, Suntikoppa, Cherambane and other places of South Kodagu. All the tourists visiting the district have been alerted about the heavy rains,” said an official attached with the Kodagu district administration.
In less than 24-hours since Thursday, Bhagamandala received about 47 mm rainfall, followed Napoklu with 32 mm, Madikeri 32 mm and Balele 23 mm rainfall.
The Dakshina Kannada district administration has already declared a holiday to schools and colleges today July 20, Saturday. People living in low lying areas and places close to the sea have been advised about the likely flood situation. Caution in general has been called for.