Heavy rain lashed Bengaluru and the entire state of Karnataka on Tuesday, with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) extending the warning for a heavy downpour for the next three days, just ahead of the Ganesh festival.

The incessant rain have taken away people's festive mood in the state. Karnataka celebrates the festival of Goddess Gowri on Tuesday and Vinayak Chaturthi on Wednesday. The shops erected in makeshift tents on streets for festivals have been damaged.

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Bengaluru: Vehicles make their way during rain in Bengaluru on Friday, Aug 26, 2022. (Photo: Dhananjay Yadav/IANS)IANS

Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner K. Srinivas has declared holiday to schools and colleges in Bengaluru South region. Thousands of hectares of agricultural land has come under water across the state.

According to an estimate, crops grown in 5,000 hectares of land have come under water in Raichur district alone. Nimbavva Negaluru (48), died on the spot after the wall of the house collapsed in Tumarikoppa village of Hanagal taluk in Haveri district on Monday late night.

The traffic has been thrown out of gear on the Mysuru-Bengaluru highway due to incessant rain. The authorities have declared a holiday for the primary and secondary schools in Koppal, Gadag and Vijayanagar districts due to heavy rainfall on Tuesday.

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Bengaluru : Bagamandala flooded in Kodagu District after heavy rainfall, in Kodagu on Sunday on Sunday, July 10, 2022.IANS

The personnel of State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) have rescued eight persons from a house inundated with water in Chamarajanagar district.

(With inputs from IANS)