Udupi, July 25, 2013S: Udupi district has recorded highest rainfall of 2,507.26 mm during this monsoon since it’s formation in 1997. The unexpected heavy rainfall has left the residents staggered, as they can’t recall such a heavy downpour in the immediate-past.
The data available with the District Statistical Department states that the district has received 77.63 per cent excess rainfall from January to July till date as against the normal rain expected.
In July 2012, the district recorded barely 809.9 mm rain wherein the rain received in this july till date is 1039.6 mm. The average normal rainfall till July this season is 1346.7 mm.
District Statistical Officer Sudhir Rao told Deccan Herald that in 2012, the district received 2,013.03 mm rain in contrast to the 2,507.26 mm rainfall that is recorded till July 2013. There were 121 rain days in the district. There are around 28 rain gauging stations in the district, of which 26 are working, he added.
The 75 year old Prof N T Bhat says that the rain this year is unusual. He adds that he does not remember the district receiving such a heavy rain in the previous years. “I had experienced such heavy rains only during my childhood. The incessant rains have created havoc in the routine day life. Earlier the rain would lash only during the first week of June, however this year the rain has made an early entry. The majority areas are flooded which was not an experienced in the past,” he added.
In 2010, the district received heavy rain of about 4848 mm and lowest rainfall was recorded in 2008, wherein the district received 3314 mm rainfall which is 21.73 per cent less than the average rainfall.
The Karkala taluk has registered heavy rain during this year with 2962.2 mm, while Udupi taluk has received 2148.0 mm rain till date. The Kundapur taluk has recorded 2411.6 mm rainfall. Comparatively this June also received heavy rain in contrast to June 2012. In June 2012, the average rainfall was 1128.5 mm, while in this June, the average rainfall is 1217 mm. The maximum rainfall is recorded in July.
The Deputy Commissioner’s Office Control room stated that almost all rivers in the district have crossed the danger mark. However, the rain has receded on Thursday, owing to which there might be some repress in the water-level.