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Heavy rainfall warning for Karnataka and Kerala, flooding in many areas

August 7, 2020 12:11 PM |
Kerala Floods

Heavy rainfall is going on over many parts of coastal Karnataka, North Interior Karnataka, and Kerala since Tuesday. Flooding has been already commenced in Karnataka's Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada, Uttar Kannada, Dharwad, Hassan, Kodagu, Mysuru, and Shivamogga districts.

The worst affected districts of Kerala are Wayanad and Idukki. While six other districts - Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kannur, and Kasargod are on high alert. During the last 24 hours, Palakkad received 142 mm, Kochi Airport 118 mm, and Thrissur 92 mm of rain.

Monsoon surge is active over West Coast, particularly over Karnataka and Kerala. Strong westerly winds from the Arabian Sea blowing over the West Coast of the country. We expect, heavy to very heavy rain activities to continue over coastal Karnataka, Kerala, and parts of South Konkan and Goa until August 9.

According to the Central Water Commission, the threat for Kerala and Karnataka this year is not as high as it was in 2018 and 2019. The water level in the major dams of the state, at present, is just around 30 to 60 percent, while at the same time in 2018, it stood at a dangerous level of 70 to 90 percent of the capacity. In the main dams, the water levels have not risen significantly, and the discharge is being done in a controlled manner from three reservoirs ― Peringalkuthu, Kallarkutty, and Lower Periyar.

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