KARNATAKA

Rains intensify in Kodagu

Kodagu has received 866 mm of rainfall as against the normal of 1,468 mm for the period of June 1 to August 3, which is 41% below normal.Special Arrangement

Kodagu has received 866 mm of rainfall as against the normal of 1,468 mm for the period of June 1 to August 3, which is 41% below normal.Special Arrangement  

The South-West Monsoon, which played truant in Kodagu in July, has gained fresh vigour here. The district received 50.92 mm of rainfall during the 24-hour period ending 8.30 a.m. on Monday.

However, it is too early to say whether the rainfall deficit can be bridged. Kodagu has received 866 mm of rainfall as against the normal of 1,468 mm for the period of June 1 to August 3, which is 41% below normal. July was the worst in recent past and rainfall was 47% below normal, with the district having received 454 mm of rains against the July average of 859 mm.

Though the South-West Monsoon made timely landfall in the first week of June, it dissipated and rainfall was 36% below normal during the month, at 342 mm against a normal of 534 mm, according to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC).

The district has been witnessing below average rains during June and July for the last few years which tends to be bridged owing to heavy showers causing widespread damage in August. As monsoon showed signs of gaining fresh vigour and there was moderate to heavy rain on Monday, it has raised concern of flash floods in the region besides rekindling memories of the natural calamity that struck Kodagu in August 2018 and last year too.

The rainfall was uniform and widespread across the district through Sunday and a similar weather pattern prevailed on Monday as well.

Madikeri taluk recorded 52.3 mm of rainfall, Virajpet received 46.2 mm and Somwarpet received 54.25 mm during the 24-hour period ending 8.30 a.m. on Monday.

The data for Monday from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. indicated that there was moderate rainfall in the district varying from 15 mm to 64 mm, according to KSNDMC.

A report from the district administration stated that Shanthalli in the district received the highest amount during the period, recording 108 mm. Other areas of significant rains included Bhagamandala (55 mm), Hudikeri (59 mm), Srimangala (68 mm), Sampaje (56.20 mm) and Shanivarasanthe (54 mm).

Consequent to the heavy rain during the last 24 hours, the inflow into Harangi reservoir has increased and the reservoir level was 2,857.5 ft. against the full level of 2,859 ft.

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