Bengaluru: Three coastal districts of the state – Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada are going through one of the worst ever drought situations of the century. According to the data gathered by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in the last two months (October and November), these three districts witnessed -63 rainfall against the normal average.
According to the IMD data, average rain fall for these three districts between October 1 and November 30 was 249 milimeter. But this year they have received only 92 mm rain fall. “Deficit is a whopping -63,” explained a senior officer from IMD.
Dakshina Kannada worst hit
According to the IMD officials, average rain fall in these two months in Dakshina Kannada district is 319 mm. But district has received just 75 mm with deficit standing at -78. Udupi with -69 and Uttara Kannada with-50 deficit are also heading for dry winter,” he explained.
Rain this week
According to the IMD predictions all these three districts were expected to get light to moderate rain this week.
Failed monsoon rain
According to the IMD officials, during this South West Monsoon season between June and September all these three coastal districts received less than average rainfall. South Canara district received -24 percent rainfall compared to the annual average during this period. It was -17 in Udupi and -24 in Uttara Kannada district. “As per the data, these three districts of the state received -22 rainfall during this monsoon compared to the regular average,’ he elaborated.