Rain scarcity a pan-Karnataka trend this season

Rain scarcity a pan-Karnataka trend this season

N-K bears the brunt; Yadgir worst hit among districts

 Yadgir district in Hyderabad-Karnataka region seems to be the worst hit among all 30 districts due to deficient rainfall this season. 

As per daily seasonal report of the Revenue department dated August 7, many districts, be it in South Interior Karnataka, North Interior Karnataka or Malnad or Coastal regions have not received the normal south-west monsoon cumulative rainfall from June 1 to August 7. At least 23 districts have not received normal rainfall or they have departed from normal rainfall. 

In Yadgir, the cumulative rainfall should have been 291 mm from June 1 to August 14. But it has received 141.1 mm of rain, showing a departure of (-) 52 per cent. In north interior Karnataka, another district which has received less rainfall than normal is Bidar. Going by normal rainfall, it should have received 357.3 mm, while it received just 177.6 mm of rain, showing a departure of (-) 50 per cent. 

Other four districts which failed to get normal rainfall are Bagalkot (-15 pc), Bijapur (-34 pc), Gadag (-12 pc) and Dharwad (-21 pc). In all, North Interior Karnataka has received (-) 23 per cent less rain than average.

Among the four districts of the Malnad region, only Kodagu has not received normal rainfall. The deficiency is (-12) per cent. The district, going by normal rainfall, should have received 2,183.6 mm, but it has ended up getting 1,992 mm. 

All three coastal districts did not reach the normal rainfall mark. Bangalore Urban and Bangalore Rural as well as districts around the Capital too have not received normal rains. In South Interior Karnataka, districts which have been bestowed with sufficient rains are Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Davangere and Chitradurga. The departure for the entire South Interior Karnataka is (-) 4 per cent. 

On Thursday, some of the taluks which received the highest rainfall are in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kodagu districts.  The heavy rains in June have resulted in the death of 37 people and loss of infrastructure is to the tune of Rs 80.83 crore, according to the report.