Brace for more rain across the state

The weather department has predicted more rainfall during northeast monsoon across the state.

According to the Meteorological department, the state has received an average of 774 mm rainfall between June and September as against 690 mm (2016) and 652 mm (2015) from southwest monsoon.

Between January and October, Bengaluru received an average of 1,167 mm of rainfall as against716 mm (2016) and1,151 mm (2015).

When compared to last three years, rain-related deaths were higher from the city in 2017. So far, 15 people died due to heavy rainfall between March and October.

There were 14 rain-related deaths in Mysuru in 2015. In 2014, at least 10 people lost their lives in the district. Bengaluru rural and Ballari districts recorded the highest loss of livestock.

"Normally, lightening claims the lives of animals. We share alerts regarding rainfall, thunder, lightening and gusty winds, to the deputy commissioners, who in turn, alert the village accountants for immediate action," Umapathy, deputy secretary, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, Revenue Department, told DH.

"Information dissemination is faster these days. We share alerts with the National Disaster Response Force every day. We are planning to take additional measures to prevent rain-related tragedies. Satellite data is used to analyse possible rainfall in certain areas.

The Home department and the control rooms have access to the data. The sharing of data helps take up rescue works immediately," Umapathy added.

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