Within a few hours of the meteorological department issuing a yellow alert for 9 districts, including coastal districts, the state government has issued a red alert for 7 coastal districts till August 11.
Revenue Minister R Ashoka made the announcement after a announced a video conference with officials of 19 rain-affected districts on Thursday.
Heavy rain is expected in the coastal and Malnad districts of Kodagu, Hassan, Chikkamagalur, Udupi, Shivamogga, Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada.
Forecast for next three days:
Coastal area: Several areas in Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts are predicted to experience frequent showers.
Malnad: Heavy rainfall in Shivamogga, Kodagu, Hassan and Chikkamagalur districts.
North Karnataka: Moderate rainfall in Belagavi, Dharwad, Haveri, Bidar and Kalaburagi.
South Karnataka: Heavy rainfall is likely in Davanagere, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar and other districts.