'Red Alert' announced in 10 north Karnataka districts, warns of heavy rain
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy showers with thunder and lightning for 10 districts in north Karnataka. A 'Red Alert' was sounded for Bagalkot, Gadag, Haveri, Vijayapura, Dharwad, Belagavi, Raichur, Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts for Wednesday and Thursday. Rains were triggered by the formation of cyclonic circulation owing to the deep depression over Bay of Bengal.
The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has also issued an alert, warning about heavy rains across coastal districts in the next four days. According to the IMD forecast, the hilly district may receive 200 mm rainfall during "Red Alert'' days.
Even though an ‘orange alert’ was issued in the region a couple of days ago, the districts received only light to moderate rainfall. The heavy rains are attributed to the shear zone of monsoon turbulence characterised by rapid change in wind velocity or direction presaging an active phase of south-west monsoon.
In less than 24 hours since Thursday, Bhagamandala received about 47 mm rainfall, followed by Napoklu with 32 mm, Madikeri 32 mm and Balele 23 mm rainfall. The Dakshina Kannada district administration has already declared a holiday to schools and colleges on Saturday. People living in low-lying areas and places close to the sea have been advised about the likely flood situation.