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Non-stop rain in Karnataka has become a hassle for several commuters as they have faced horrific traffic congestion in many parts of the state for the past three days.

The Shimsha river, which originates in the southern part of the Devarayanadurga hill in the Tumakuru (Tumkur) district of Karnataka, has flooded the Mysuru (Mysore)-Bengaluru (Bangalore) highway for a few days now.

Some social media users have shared photos of the flooded highway, warning travellers to avoid the route, which is used by many, especially during the festive season.

Commuters have been requested to avoid using the Maddur-Shivapura road to reach Mysuru, and instead adviced to take the Kanakapura-Malavalli road.

Reports suggest Bengaluru recorded 21 mm of rain on Tuesday and the total rainfall in November there has increased to 205 mm.

The deep depression, which has developed in the Bay of Bengal, has been cited as the reason for the heavy continuous rainfall. 

With nonstop rain for more than four days, the normally unbearable traffic in Bengaluru has worsened, with many vehicles getting stuck in roads for hours. As per the weather forecast reports, rain is likely to affect the state for another 2-3 days.

In April 2015, Bengaluru had witnessed one of the worst rainfalls in recent times for almost two hours, with heavy downpour and hailstorm in many parts of the city.