Shift in rain pattern: Udupi to replace Agumbe as Cherrapunji of south?

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (MS)

Udupi, May 24: It seems, by the pattern of rain over past few years, that the label of Cherrapunji of south is shifted from Agumbe Ghats to Udupi. In future Western Ghats will receive copious amounts of rains say the statistics of past five years and the research done by scientists on this subject.

Earlier, Agumbe used to receive highest amount of rainfall. Hence, it was called as the Cherrapunji of south India. However of late, Udupi district is receiving the highest rainfall.

According to the data provided by state disaster management authority, during the period of 2015 to 2021, various parts of Udupi district have received highest rainfall in Karnataka.

Rain in Udupi (file photo)

Byrampalli in Udupi received record rainfall of 59.16 cm in 2016. Similarly, in 2017, Shirlalu in Karkala taluk received 69.39 cm which was highest for that year. In 2019, Hebri recorded 93.40 cm of rain and in 2020 Innanje had a rainfall of 79.88 cm. Both were highest for respective years. In 2021, Mudradi of Karkala recorded 79.49 cm of rain, again highest in Karnataka for that year.

In 2015 Kere in Shringeri taluk of Chikkamagaluru recorded 52.99 cm of rain which was termed as highest for that year in Karnataka. In 2018, Kokani of Uttara Kannada received 79.78 cm. Both these are parts of Western Ghats. Hulikal of Hosanagara taluk has also received more rainfall than Agumbe four times during 2015-2021.

Average temperature, along with rain has also risen in Western Ghats. A rise of 0.5 deg C is recorded. The main reason for this shift is the steep decrease in forest area in the last two to three decades and increase of one type of plants like acacia and rubber, according to scientist T V Ramachandra of IISc.





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  • Sunil Dsouza, Mangalore

    Fri, May 27 2022

    Earth trying to cool itsel

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  • SP Prabhu,

    Tue, May 24 2022

    Unfortunately, mankind is more interested in cast, religion, race, nationality etc. We don't understand that we have only earth and that doesn't differentiates based on cast, religion or color. And we are creating all the bad things to this mother earth. During this process, it is not just humans but every living creature has to perish.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, May 24 2022

    "Barsa batthinadeg Kode patthod."....This what is happening in Udupi and D.K

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  • K anita, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, May 24 2022

    Once called Parashurama's shrishti, my grandfather would say proudly, it will never be flooded, as that's the promise. There's too much deforestation in udupi and that's the reason for the immediate climate change.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, May 24 2022

    Due to fear of flooding some people have raised their houses by couple of feet!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, May 24 2022

    If this sort of heavy downpour continues, low lying houses are sure to get inundated with flood water and incur damage and losses; time to take precautionary action!

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  • Shambhavi Bhandarkar, Udupi

    Tue, May 24 2022

    This is a case of Water Water everywhere but not a drop to drink anywhere....the muncipality had stopped providing water through out the day in the hot summer months of udupi in Mar and Apr......what is the use of all the rains if they are not preserved well for the summer?

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Tue, May 24 2022

    Is this going to be a blessing or more panvati in waiting for people of Udupi.....all Vegetables, crops and fruits of this season are already gone for a toss. Coconut price is at 23 Rs kg as against 34 Rs kg during this season........ Watermelon crop is rotting in the fields....!?!!!!!!! but politicians got the exorbitant increase in their salaries.....!!???

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, May 24 2022

    Very true such type of heavy rains are going to bring misery to the local traditional crops being grown there since ages due to prolonged water logging; also many houses built in low lying areas, considering the rainfall at that time, are at great risk of damage for which remedial action needs to be taken!

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Tue, May 24 2022

    Great news and heartening to welcome blessings of heavens...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Tue, May 24 2022

    Oh then....udupi district should shift to Agumbe....along with all gube politicians...

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Tue, May 24 2022

    Wish fanatic politicians get drowned in order to pave the way to upright, non communal and development oriented ones! Those work towards employment, education and infrastructure instead of culminating communal wars to gain power and wealth!

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Tue, May 24 2022

    @Ronald, your comment made me laugh and as well said Ameen.... Especially that sentence "Fanatics politicians get drowned" We are all sailing in same boat. Tough time for all of us. But God said to keep patience. As well all sane people should join hands and need to bring in reforms to through out permanently communal cancer.

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