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Karnataka's Sullia sees record-breaking rain on a single January day

The unseasonal rains are not good news, particularly for Arecanut growers who had already spread the arecanuts in the courtyard for drying.
Last Updated : 08 January 2024, 00:19 IST

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Mangaluru: Villages across Sullia taluk witnessed an unprecedented rainfall of about 100 mm -- the highest ever rainfall received on a single day in January -- according to farmers compiling accurate rainfall data with the help of their ‘on-site rain gauges.’

“This is also the highest ever rainfall witnessed on a single day in January since 2000,” says P G S N Prasad, who has been compiling rainfall data since 1976 in his home in Balila, Sullia taluk. Balila witnessed a rainfall of 105 mm, he added.

On January 12, 2000, he recorded a rainfall of 42 mm which had been the highest ever rainfall until yesterday. Another farmer Kishan Dinkar sharing his father’s rainfall data revealed that his village Adenja Uruvalu on January 6, 2021, had received a rainfall of 96 mm.

Another farmer Raviprasad said his village Nekrekaje in Pembathady had received a rainfall of 171 mm. With Meteorologists predicting more rains in January, all records are likely to be shattered, Prasad told DH when contacted.

However, the unseasonal rains are not good news, particularly for Arecanut growers who had already spread the arecanuts in the courtyard for drying. Due to the weather, Rubber growers are also likely to suffer due to less latex. The yield of mangoes and jackfruits in Sullia taluk is also likely to be affected, Prasad added.

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Published 08 January 2024, 00:19 IST

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