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Many highways were inundated while schools and colleges declared a holiday as the heavy downpours continued to pound Karnataka on Monday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of incessant rainfall in the state for the next four days. A yellow alert has been sounded for Belagavi, Gadag, Koppal, Haveri, Dharwad, Ballary, Davanagere, Chitradurga, Tumakuru, Chikkaballapur, Kolar and Ramnagar districts. Coastal districts Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi, will likely receive heavy rainfall with thunder and lightning.

Bengaluru woke up to a rainy morning on the first day of the week, with drizzles and light showers hampering the morning rush in the city.

Following heavy rainfall, a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in the neighbouring Chamarajanagar district. Heavy rain has affected everyday life in Mysuru and Mandya districts.

The heavy downpour also affected vehicular movement on the Mysuru-Bengaluru highway. The people have also complained to the Union Minister for Highways on Twitter, highlighting the highway’s plight.

“Nitin Gadkari, sir, the drainage is so bad at Ramnagar stretch on Bengaluru-Mysuru highway that the water is logged completely at underpasses and curves. Vehicles are drowning,” the Twitter statement by Tarang stated. They have also questioned the firm which constructed the highway about the substandard work.

Five persons have died in rain-related tragedies in Mysuru, Koppal and Ballary districts. Thousands of acres of agricultural land have come under water in the state. In several places, the idols of lord Ganesh made of mud placed on open grounds have got destroyed.

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