Mysuru: Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds continued to pound the city last evening also. Trees were uprooted in several parts of the city and branches came down in some other areas. However, no untoward incidents were reported. The rain is likely to continue till May 25.
The sun was beating down since yesterday morning but there was no indication of rain in the evening. However, at around 8.30 pm, there were strong winds blowing that resulted in falling of the branches in many places and uprooting of trees. It also raised dust storm causing problems for two-wheeler riders to negotiate the roads. This was followed by heavy rains resulting in disruption of traffic.
It rained heavily for nearly two hours and later the drizzle continued till late into the night which led to water-logging in several places including K.R. Circle. The water entered houses in low-lying areas putting the residents to lot of inconvenience.
Even on Saturday night it had rained heavily accompanied by strong winds. A tree was uprooted in the Police Commissioner’s Office and a Police vehicle was damaged. This apart, the branches of trees near Nazarbad Police Station and other areas had fallen. A tree was found uprooted in front of a house in Siddartha Layout and another came down in Srirampura during last night’s rain.
25 mm rain, farmers happy
The amount of rain on Saturday was 27 mm, while last night it was 25 mm in city. “The wind speed when it began from Arabian Sea yesterday was 100 km per hour and by the time it reached Mysuru it was reduced to 5 km. The rain that is occurring now is due to cyclonic circulation called ‘Sagar’ cyclone effect,” said Dr. C. Govindaraju, Professor (Plant Protection), Extension Education Unit, Organic Farming Research Station, Naganahalli, speaking to Star of Mysore this morning.
According to Dr. Govindaraju, such pre-monsoon rain will benefit the farmers and it is good for crops like paddy, ragi, black gram, green gram, sesame, horse gram, cowpea and field beans. This brings joy to the ryots, especially at a time when KRS is dry.
“Since the last ten years, the pre-monsoon showers (April and May) is more than the monsoon rain which sometimes is less than normal and again it picks up post-monsoon from September onwards. This month the total rainfall in the city is 83.4 mm and it is hoped that it will touch the average of 113 mm by the end of the month,” he said.
The average rainfall from January till date is 106 mm and in the last 10 years it shows that pre-monsoon rain is heavy, while the monsoon rain decreases and post-monsoon it again increases, he said.
Rains till May 25
The pre-monsoon rains are likely to continue till May 25. The regular monsoon rains are expected to arrive in Kerala coast on May 29 and it is predicted that it will enter Karnataka by first week of June. However, there is not much rain in Kodagu district and only a few parts are experiencing slight drizzle.