Bengaluru: Several parts of Karnataka continue to reel under heavy rains and instances of flooding have been reported in northern districts of Karnataka. The coastal and malnad region of the state, which witnessed heavy downpours, still remains on high alert, officials from the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Center (KSNDMC) have said.
While the city of Bengaluru reported traffic problems and a few cases of waterlogging following rain on Saturday, Bengaluru Brahut Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials said no major floods were reported in the city. during the weekend.
In North Karnataka, a yellow alert has been issued for Saturday and Sunday in Kalaburagi district. Kalaburagi District Commissioner Yeshwanth Gurukarhas declared Saturday a public holiday for schools and colleges. A yellow alert was also issued for Belagavi and Bidar districts.
In coastal Karnataka, the water level of Kali River in Uttara Kannada district has risen by 3ft following heavy rains. The Varada, Kumudwathi and Tungabhadra rivers are flowing at optimum levels due to the rains in the state. Agencies predicted heavy rains in the coastal district of Udupi and a red alert was issued for Saturday.
Holidays have been declared in Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts for schools and colleges. An orange alert has been issued in the districts of Chikkamaglur, Shivamogga, Kodagu and Hassan.
Following the heavy rains, landslides were reported in the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi. However, casualties were reported. A major landslide was reported in Uttara Kannada district where the major landslide interrupted vehicular traffic on National Highway 66, which connects the states of Maharashtra and Goa. Kodagu district also reported landslides with some major roads in the district developing cracks due to heavy rains.
A Spice Jet plane which reached Mangaluru at 9.30pm on Friday from Dubai was diverted to Kochi due to heavy rain and extreme weather. So far, heavy rains have claimed 12 lives in the state.
The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Dakshina Kannada, Dr. Rajendra KV on Friday issued instructions to all managements of all engineering colleges in the districts to adhere to the vacancies declared by the district administration. The instructions were issued following reports that several engineering schools had refused to announce vacancies despite the red alert issued in the district.
“Holidays are declared for educational institutions for the safety of students due to the incessant rains. College boards must follow this strictly. When the district administration announces a holiday, it must be obligatorily given. Action will be taken under the Disaster Management Act against any institution that violates the same. If the district administration issues an order that is authorized and final. It must be followed without fail,” the DC said.
Meanwhile, the inflow to the 124.80ft high KRS dam at Mysuru has increased significantly. According to the authorities, the dam receives an inflow of 34,304 cusecs of water and the flow has been increased to 3,307 cusecs. Residents of the Cauvery River have been warned.