Published on: April 5, 2024



NEWS – KSNDMC records for Karnataka 2024 has indicated Karnataka has experienced deficient rainfall in the initial quarter


  • Karnataka experienced dry weather and heatwave conditions in some northern districts recently.
  • Data from KSNDMC shows a deficient rainfall of -34% from January to April 2024, with notable regional variations.
  • South-interior Karnataka saw a deficiency of -68%, while the Malnad and coastal regions received near-normal or excess rainfall.
  • January to March usually sees minimal rainfall, with March contributing the most.
  • The deficiency in March rainfall impacted groundwater levels and contributed to rising temperatures.
  • Rising temperatures, exacerbated by low March rainfall, are more concerning than the overall rainfall deficiency.
  • Groundwater levels are affected, highlighting the need for sustainable water management practices.
  • Recent temperature recordings at Kempegowda International Airport indicate high temperatures, emphasizing the need for weather-sensitive precautions.
  • While deficient rainfall in Karnataka isn’t alarming in itself, the accompanying rise in temperatures poses challenges like groundwater depletion and heatwave risks.
  • Timely forecasts and preparedness can help mitigate the impacts of changing weather patterns on communities and ecosystems.


  • KSNDMC, established in 1988, evolved into the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre in 2007, expanding its role to monitor all natural disasters in Karnataka.
  • Objectives and Functions:
    • Monitor and assess impacts of natural hazards like droughts, floods, hailstorms, etc.
    • Strengthen IT for disaster management.
    • Conduct hazard mapping and vulnerability studies.
    • Develop human resources through training programs.
    • Implement a Natural Disaster Early Warning System.
  • Infrastructure and Technology: KSNDMC uses ICT tools and a network of GPRS-enabled and solar-powered stations for real-time data analysis and alert generation.
  • Disaster Monitoring and Response:
    • Monitor droughts, floods, hailstorms, and earthquakes in real-time.
    • Provide early warnings and forecasts for mitigation.
  • Support to Agriculture: KSNDMC’s weather data aids in implementing Crop Insurance Schemes and supports farmers with accurate information.
  • Community Engagement: Provides location-specific advisories via the “SIDILU” mobile app and operates the “Varuna Mitra” help desk for farmers.
  • Collaboration and Support: Collaborates with stakeholders, provides technical support for disaster management plans, and conducts capacity-building programs.