IMD issues yellow alert as thunderstorms and rain lash the state; over 200 trees uprooted in Bengaluru

The southwest monsoon has arrived in Karnataka, bringing much-needed rain and relief from last year's drought. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow rain warning for the entire Karnataka and advises caution till June 6.

IMD issues yellow warning for entire Karnataka

This year, the monsoon reached Karnataka three days after Kerala on May 30, marking an early start to the season. Normally, the monsoon in Karnataka begins on June 1. The IMD predicts that the monsoon will cover the entire state in the next few days.

Heavy rains and strong winds lashed Bengaluru on Sunday, causing disruption across the city. Over 200 fallen trees and several damaged vehicles were reported. The rains also led to water logging and traffic congestion across the city. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) received complaints of fallen trees, fallen branches and water logging.

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Early monsoon brings relief after devastating drought

Rainfall data collected between 8:30 am on June 1 and 8:30 am on June 2 show moderate rainfall across Bengaluru. The highest rainfall recorded was in Dasarahalli with a substantial 78.5 mm. Most other areas received moderate rainfall ranging between 15.6 mm and 64.4 mm.

The early monsoon brings relief to Karnataka, which suffered a devastating drought last year. Over 220 of the state's 236 taluks (administrative units) were declared drought-hit areas due to the delayed and inadequate monsoon season. This delay, coupled with the scant rainfall, led to major crop failures. The situation was made worse by heatwaves in the summer months – especially in March and April.

There was some relief from the sweltering temperatures in May, thanks to a fortnight of pre-monsoon rains starting in the second week. As a result, Karnataka received 151 mm of rainfall during the pre-monsoon season from March 1 to May 31, more than the normal rainfall of 115 mm for this period. These pre-monsoon rains offered a glimmer of hope after the harsh summer and preceding drought.

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The early and auspicious onset of the monsoon season this year is a welcome change for Karnataka. It marks a possible return to normalcy for the state's agricultural sector and water supply. With the country receiving good rainfall and water reservoirs replenished, farmers can look forward to a more productive season and the state's water woes can be significantly alleviated.

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