BANGALORE: Heavy rain lashed parts of the state on Saturday disrupting normal life.
The sudden showers, attributed to a depression over the Arabian Sea, damaged a few houses in Davangere besides flooding many parts of the state. The unexpected showers ruined Diwali celebrations, affecting customers and traders alike, but also led to a sharp rise in prices of greens, especially in Bangalore, where a bunch of coriander was being sold at `110. In Karwar, 15 people were rescued by the Coastal Security Police when a boat began sinking due to stormy weather.
According to Dakshina Kannada district officials, depending on the conditions at sea, a warning may be issued to the fishermen.
According to the Met department, coastal Karnataka will receive heavy rainfall in the next 24-48 hours.
In Belgaum, rains which began on Friday afternoon, continued to cause havoc on Saturday, submerging several low lying areas. In Shimoga too, many low-lying areas were marooned with rainwater gushing into more than 25 houses.
In Davangere, damage to houses was reported, there was no crop damage. The sudden rains left children looking forward to celebrating Diwali disappointed. Firecracker traders reported losses. Incessant rain in Bellary on Saturday affected movement of vehicles with roads and some bridges submerged.