Bengaluru, Oct 22 : Heavy to very heavy rains across Karnataka disrupted normal life, caused rivers to overflow, inundated low-laying areas and hit vehicular traffic, a weather official said on Tuesday.
"Due to low pressure in the Arabia Sea on the west and depression in the Bay of Bengal in the east have created conditions for heavy to very heavy rains and thundershowers across the state with strong surface winds," a Meteorological Department official told IANS here.
Besides flood alert in the coastal areas and evacuation of people from low-laying areas and river banks in northern districts, the authorities declared holidays for schools and colleges in rain-soaked Belagavi, Bagalkote and Vijayapura districts till Friday ahead of the Diwali festival.
"With heavy to very heavy rains forecast over the next four days, we have issued an orange alert and red alert for extremely heavy rainfall across the state as a precautionary measure to ensure safety of the people, cattle and houses," said the official.
Orange alert indicates heavy to very heavy rainfall and red alert extremely heavy rainfall. Rainfall from 7-12 cm is considered heavy and 12-20 cm as very heavy. Torrential downpour above 20cm is termed as extreme rainfall.
"Orange alert mandates the state machinery to be ready for rain-related exigency while red alert demands action. Yellow alert makes the authorities keep a watch and stay vigilant," added the official.
Regionwise, the forecast is heavy to very heavy rainfall in coastal areas till October 25, with scattered and isolated rains on October 23-24.
In north interior areas, isolated heav, according to an exit poll prediction by Aaj Tak-Axis My India.
The exit poll result for the state indicates the BJP is likely to win 32-44 seats in the 90-member Haryana assembly.
The BJP bagged 47 seats in the last assembly polls. The half-way mark in the state assembly is 45.
The exit poll also predicted that Jannayak Janata Party of Dushyant Chautala could emerge as the kingmaker. The party is likely to get 6-10 seats.
The results of the election held on Monday would be announced on October 24.
The Aaj Tak-Axis My India exit poll also predicted that the Congress would bag 30-42 seats. Taking this into consideration, the distribution of votes between the BJP and Congress stands at 33 and 32 per cent, respectively.
In the 2014 Assembly election, the Congress got 15 seats, Indian National Lok Dal 19, two seats went to Haryana Janhit Congress, and Independent and other got 7.