Bengaluru: Reservoirs across Karnataka may run dry if the state does not get rain by the second week of July, the meteorological department reportedly said.

According to Geeta Agnihotri, director-in-charge of meteorological centre, Bengaluru, Fani and Vayu cyclone have affected the progress of south-west monsoon in Karnataka. Consequently, the monsoon that was supposed to begin in the state early in June has been delayed, reports said. She was reportedly speaking on the sidelines of a workshop held in Bengaluru on Wednesday to familiarise media personnel regarding weather forecast technique and terminology.

Agnitori went ahead to say that the farmers are complaining that their livelihood being affected due to wrong weather forecasts. They schedule their farm operations based on the forecasts, reports said.

The director-in-charge reportedly said that there are many private organisations that issue weather forecasting updates. But their authenticity is unknown. She said that anyone with a supercomputer can easily manipulate data and provide wrong weather updates. The farmers complained that the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) updated wrong data, which she reportedly denied. She suggested that farmers use the IMD mobile to get the right updates.

Only IMD and the Centre were giving data earlier. But now there are so many people who provide data and it has become difficult to monitor, Agnihotri reportedly said. 

Does the Cauvery authority order really come as relief to Karnataka?

Karnataka government has been directed by the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) to release water to Tamil Nadu if there is an increase in inflow into reservoirs in the state’s Cauvery basin. This comes as a relief to the state.

Just around 12 thousand million cubic (TMC) feet of water was available in all four reservoirs including KRS and Kabini as of Tuesday. KRS had an inflow of just around 253 cusecs while the inflow at Kabini was 1,078 cusecs yesterday (June 25).