Bengaluru, Mar 3 : Director, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) Srinivasa Reddy on Tuesday said the unseasonal rains which lashed since last two days, brought respite from scorching heat besides providing short-term relief from the scourge of forest fires in Bandipur and Nagarahole national parks.
''A cyclonic circulation has been noticed over coastal Karnataka and adjoining districts besides the formation of a trough over the peninsular region resulting in showers in south-interior Karnataka,'' he added. Many parts of old Mysore region, coastal districts, Kodagu and isolated areas of central plains, including Ballari, Haveri districts and Mumbai- Karnataka region, received moderate to light showers since Sunday evening. The showers also destroyed crops in some areas.
Ready-to-harvest crops on vast tracts of land in Devarahipparagi town and surrounding villages in Vijayapura district were damaged. A flash flood at Kalsanka highway near Kaup in Udupi, following a spell of moderate rain, caused hardship to motorists. Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rains lashed Bandipur and Nagarahole national parks on Monday providing short-term relief from the scourge of forest fires.
Bandipur Tiger Reserve Director T Balachandra said G S Betta Bandipur, Omkara, Kalkere, Hediyala, Nugu and parts of Kundkere ranges received showers and this would help stave off fire for at least another 10 days. ''In case we receive another spell of rains it will facilitate the growth of fresh shoots and will significantly diminish the threat of forest fire'', Similarly, Veeranahosahalli, Anechowkur and other parts of Nagarahole received rains which will provide relief for a few days against the outbreak of fire. Mysore city received light to moderate rains in the early hours of Monday. But there was a sudden burst of showers late in the afternoon lasting nearly 30 minutes which helped bring down the temperature to a certain extent.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, rain and thundershowers are expected to lash the region on Tuesday as well. (UNI)