Drastic dip in rainfall in Kodagu district

Monsoon has gone down by 50 per cent comparatively, this year

Last year by June 3, River Cauvery was full and most of the waterfalls, including Abbey falls were gushing.

Unfortunately, this monsoon, there has been no rainfall, which had filled Cauvery and as a result, Harangi reservoir, which usually gets filled by first rainfall, is still empty. When compared to last year, the minimum water-level has reached 26 ft.

Kodagu usually records 804.3 mm rainfall every year by June end but this year Kodagu has received only 403.1 mm of rainfall till June 25. Last year during this time, 731.9 mm rainfall was recorded.

 It was 862.4 mm during 2007 and in 2006, it was 987.4 mm. There has been a drastic dip in the level of rainfall over the last 3 years.

If monsoon strikes in June itself, it turns out to be a great blessing for the farming community.

This year, it is due to the effect of ‘Aila’ cyclone that the rains have depleted and as a result, no farming works have started across the district.

Due to the delay in rain, farmers are now setting out to prepare the land for paddy cultivation. In somwarpet, 2,575 hectare land area have been sown with jowar.

Harangi

The water-level in Harangi has depleted drastically, causing fear of water scarcity.
 Last year on June 25, the water-level was recorded at 2829.90 ft but this year, it has reduced to 2803.39 ft. Last year the inflow was 305 cusec which has reduced to 134 cusec this year.

This year, if the district fails to catch up to the records of the previous year, then the farming community in particular will be in crisis again.

Further, if Cauvery remains flowing thin, Karnataka will probably be in a difficult situation to release Tamilnadu its share of water.

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