State gets excess rains but Udupi, Dakshina Kannada face deficit

State gets excess rains but Udupi, Dakshina Kannada face deficit

Karnataka has received about seven per cent excess rains compared with the average rains for June, which sees the onset of south-west monsoon. However, the rains are distributed uniformly across the State.

The entire State has received 123 mm of rains from June 1 to 22, against the average rainfall of 130 mm for the month. The seven per cent excess rains are considered as ‘positive normal rains’, according to G S Srinivasa Reddy, Director of Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre.

Of the 30 districts, 11 have received excess rainfall, while seven have received deficit rains. The remaining eight districts have received normal rainfall. Interestingly, the coastal districts - Dakshina Kannada and Udupi - which are supposed to get heavy rains during the monsoon, have fallen under the ‘deficit’ category.

Reddy said that while Dakshina Kannada has received 454 mm against the average of 604 mm of rain, indicating a deficit of 25  per cent, Udupi district received 524 mm of rain against average of 755 mm showing a deficit of 31 per cent.  However, another coastal district Uttara Kannada has received normal rains.

Other five districts located in the north interior region, which have received below the normal rains, are: Raichur, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Bagalkot and Vijayapura.

Reddy said that those 11 districts which have received excess rainfall come under the south interior Karnataka. Highest rains have been received by Hassan and Chikkamagaluru, which fall under the Malnad region.

While Hassan got 81 per cent excess rains than the average, Chikkamagaluru received 42 per cent more. In just 24 hours, it rained not less than 200 mm in these two districts, he pointed out.

He said that the entire Malnad region had been receiving heavy rains in the last three days. About 70 per cent of the total rains in the southwest monsoon occur during June-July. Due to the heavy downpour, he has suggested to the district authorities to declare holidays for educational institutions in Sakleshpur town, Kodagu and Mudigere in Chikkamagaluru.

The Malnad region comprises  Shivamogga, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru and Kodagu districts.
The region has received 19 per cent more rains than the average. The average is 223 mm and the actual rains received so far is 267 mm.

Going by the present indications, the monsoon will taper further in the coastal districts weaken in other districts, too. A depression has developed over the Arabian Sea which is moving towards Gujarat.

This has a negative impact on Karnataka as the monsoon-bearing clouds are drifting away, Reddy said.

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