BENGALURU: Karnataka may be staring at another year of drought with monsoon having set in late and failing to have an impact beyond coastal areas, much to the agony of farmers. Monsoon hit the coast on June 13, delayed by five days for the first time in recent years. It has become persistently weak since then with only districts like Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Kodagu receiving rain, according to Srinivas Reddy, director, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC). Usually, monsoon enters the coast between June 7 and 9 and spreads across the state by June 19. But that hasn’t been the case this year. “Till now, monsoon has covered just 20 per cent of Karnataka. Moreover, no cloud formation and pressure are being seen anywhere in the state, which is really a worrying factor,” Reddy said hinting at a continued dry spell in the coming days. The rainfall data of KSNDMC shows none of the 30 districts received normal rainfall between June 11 and 17. The average rainfall deficit touched 80 per cent in most districts of south interior and north interior Karnataka during the period. For example, the cumulative rainfall in south interior Karnataka between June 1 and 17 is 19 per cent more than normal while it has received 79.7 per cent less rainfall between June 11 and 17, indicating a sharp decrease. Even in coastal districts, which have been witnessing showers for the few days, the figures are below normal. Sowing takes a beating Elusive showers have also impacted sowing activities across the state, mainly in rain-fed North Karnataka. As per data provided by the office of the agriculture director, of the 76.7 lakh hectares of targeted area under kharif crops, sowing has taken place only in 6.9 lakh hectares, including 3.3 lakh hectares of irrigated land. In 10 districts of North Karnataka, including Bidar, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Gadag and Haveri, no sowing has been done. “This is almost 10 percentage points less than the area usually covered by the second week of June. In rain-fed areas, sowing is less than five percent,” said an agriculture department official. RAINFALL PATTERN Region May June 1-17 June 11-17 South interior Karnataka -13.3% 19% -79% North Interior Karnataka -56.4% -22.5% -71.9% Malnad -49% -34.3% -24.6% Coast -73.1% – 47.2% -14% Source: KSNDMC SOWING IN NUMBERS Targeted area: 76.7 lakh hectares Area where sowing has been done: 6.9 lakh hectares Percentage of coverage: 8.9 Percentage of normal coverage: 37 Source: Agriculture dept