Mangaluru, Oct 27 : Rain due to 'Cyclone Kyarr' in the Arabian Sea continued to lash parts of north Karnataka and the coastal districts including Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada against IMD prediction of cyclone moving towards Oman and has thus dampened celebration of traditional Festival of Lights--Deepavali.
Much contradicting to its previous predictions, IMD on late Saturday evening predicted that the 'Cyclone Kyarr' will intensify into 'Extremely Cyclonic Storm' over the next few hours. MeT Department Director in Karnataka Srinivas Reddy said that moderate to heavy rain will continue in many parts of coastal Karnataka and very heavy rainfall in isolated places. The rain is expected to continue on Sunday also.
According to official sources the Indian Coast Guard have rescued 18 fishermen aboard Raj Kiran and Maheel boats stranded in the turbulent sea on the border of Karwar and Goa yesterday. After getting information about the fishermen in distress, District In-charge Minister Kota Srinivas Poojari spoke to the Deputy Commissioner of Uttara Kannada. Chief Secretary Vijay Bhaskar spoke to his counterpart in Goa, to prevent the fishermen from facing any hardships.
All the rescued fishermen were escorted to Malpe and Mangalore. Coast Guard Commander Dasila said that nine fishermen on Maheel from Mangalore were stranded at 25 nautical miles off Devgadgudda since Friday evening.
Paddy growing farmers in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are a worried lot as the intermittent rain that had been lashing the district since last Saturday has damaged standing crops as well as affected the harvesting process.
The paddy is cultivated on 15,900 Hectares in Dakshina Kannada, while in Udupi it is cultivated on 36,000 hectares. Paddy growers in undivided Dakshina Kannada normally harvest the crop in October and November.