Heavy rain likely in coastal Karnataka; showers to continue in north Karnataka districts

The Netravati flowing with full force at Thokkottu in Mangaluru on Thursday.

The Netravati flowing with full force at Thokkottu in Mangaluru on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: H.S. Manjunath

Schools, PU colleges to be closed in Dakshina Kannada on Friday

A depression in the Arabian Sea is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm on Friday, bringing heavy rain to coastal Karnataka, accompanied by squalls, a weather advisory has said. This will also bring moderate to heavy rain in the flood-ravaged districts of north Karnataka.

All schools, anganwadis, and pre-university colleges will remain closed in Dakshina Kannada on October 25 in view of a ‘red alert’. Fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea for the next three days.

An alert from the National Emergency Response Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs, sent out to Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Goa governments on Thursday, said, “Extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over coastal districts of Karnataka.” The alert also said “squally wind reaching 40 to 55 kmph gusting to 60-65 kmph” would hit Karnataka coast. It stated that the sea condition would be “rough to very rough” along Karnataka coast, making fishing risky.

Meteorological Centre, Bengaluru, said the depression in east-central Arabian Sea would also impact north-interior Karnataka, bringing moderate to heavy rain to the region that is already reeling from floods. The districts of Bidar, Kalaburagi, Belagavi, and Haveri are expected to receive moderate to heavy rain over the next 48 hours, sources in India Meteorological Department said.

On Thursday, water release from Maharashtra into the Krishna and its tributaries was reduced by half, bringing relief. Water was let out at the rate of 56,604 cusecs from Rajapur Barrage.

Hubballi–Solapur National Highway, which was cut off near Konnur village in Nargund taluk of Gadag owing to floods, is likely to be restored on Friday. Deputy Commissioner of Gadag M.G. Hiremath said National Highways Authority of India authorities had promised to take up restoration of the road which was dug up to prevent flooding at Konnur. On Thursday, two-wheelers and autorickshaws were seen plying precariously on the road.

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