After its wettest monsoon, state to revise list of drought-affected districts
The year 2017 has been a happy one for Karnataka, which has been reeling under severe drought since 2011 and passing through the worst climatic phase in its history. Bounteous rains across the state spanning two months have helped the state get rid of the dubious distinction that it was a drought-prone state.
Official data released by the Revenue Department on Wednesday proved that Karnataka is free of drought.
Rainfall data prepared by the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) and provided by the Revenue Department, says Karnataka witnessed 8 per cent deficit rainfall till September -end, which according to the Centre’s guidelines on drought is normal rainfall season.
Interestingly, it is only Southern Karnataka that has received excess rainfall while all other climatological zones of Karnataka have received deficient rainfall.
Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa told media persons, “South Interior Karnataka has received 27 per cent excess rainfall while all other regions have witnessed deficit rainfall. However, the overall situation appears promising as the entire state has received good rains compared to previous years. There is hope that there will not be any problem of potable water supply this summer.”
Based on the rainfall data provided by KSNDMC, the cabinet sub-committee on drought assessment will meet next week and revise the drought-affected taluks.
Among the 11 districts of South Karnataka, Mandya, has witnessed the highest excess rainfall of 67 per cent followed by Chamarajanagar at 47% and Bengaluru Urban with 45% excess rainfall.
Clouds from South West reluctant to
As it is the time for the South West monsoons to withdraw, Bengaluru was hoping for some rainless days. However, the Met department has said that the withdrawal of the South West Monsoons have been delayed and it will be over only in the third week of October.
Met officials in the city said the South West monsoons have a state record of -8 percent as on date and is considered normal. Met statistics say, +19 to -19 is a normal record and it still persists within the range. Srinivas Reddy, Director, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Centre (KSNDMC) told BM, “The South West monsoon will continue till the third week of October. Usually this monsoon is over by October 15. This is because of the change in the pattern and the trough created last month.” The Met department has predicted rainfall in North Interior Karnataka and South Interior Karnataka. In South Interior Karnataka rainfall is expected to continue for the next two to three days.Met department also said North East monsoon will pick up as soon as the South West monsoon withdraws.
Source : BangaloreMirror