Weather department issues a yellow alert for Dharwad district, rains to continue

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Hubballi: The cloudy weather and scattered, high-intensity short-spell rains are likely to continue in Dharwad district till September 12, said Dr RH Patil, head of the Agricultural Meteorology department, UAS Dharwad.

Dr Patil said that a yellow alert has been issued for Dharwad district and that after September 12, the weather will change but the district may receive drizzling and cloudy weather may prevail.

The district in-charge minister, Halappa Achar, conducted a meeting to discuss the damage the rain has caused in the district. He said from August 31 to September 9, it rained 84.88 mm, compared to the normal rainfall of 19.62 mm.

Three people lost their lives to the rain. 1,173 houses were damaged in the district. He said 531 houses were partially damaged between September 1 and September 9. He said compensation as per the guidelines would be provided to the affected.

Rains have damaged agriculture crops grown on 1,43,522 hectares and horticulture crops grown on 10,160 hectares in the district. He claims that rain has caused damage to 38 kilometres of state highway, 42 kilometres of district roads, and 341 kilometres of rural roads.

He directed all officers to respond quickly to the problems of those affected by the rain and not to take any leave until the situation improved.

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