Karnataka: IMD sounds red alert with heavy rains forecast in 7 districts
Kodagu, Belagavi, Hassan, Udupi, and Shivamogga among districts where life has been affected
Heavy rain was witnessed across several parts of Karnataka on Wednesday, throwing life out of gear in districts in southern, northern, and coastal regions.
Kodagu has been on the edge with incessant rain battering the district since the last few days. This is the third year in a row that the district is receiving heavy rainfall in August after a weak spell of monsoon in June and July. Kodagu district received 269 mm of rainfall since August 1 as against a normal of 120 mm for the same period, which is 124% above the long term average, as per the KSNDMC report.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded a red alert in several districts of Karnataka due to heavy rainfall in the state since the beginning of this week.
"Red alert has been announced in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Chikmagalur, Shivamogga, Kodagu and Hassan, due to heavy rainfall in the region from last two-three days," CS Patil, Director, IMD Bengaluru said.
Interior parts of Kodagu have been disconnected due to disruption in transportation caused by overflowing rivers and rivulets, while uprooted trees and electricity poles have blocked the roads in many parts of the district.
Around 20 families have been evacuated to a relief centre in Virajpet. The Cauvery was overflowing at Triveni Sangama and road connectivity linking Bhagamandala with Madikeri and Napoklu was disrupted.