Bengaluru: As heavy rain lashed the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in Karnataka, disrupting traffic and throwing life out of gear, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday spoke to officials and directed them to ensure all possible assistance in the affected areas. PM Modi is on a three-nation tour to East Asia.
“I pray for the safety and wellbeing of all those affected by heavy rains in various parts of Karnataka. Have spoken to officials and asked them to ensure all possible assistance in the affected areas,” Modi said in a tweet.
Roads in many parts of Mangaluru and other cities remained flooded as vehicular traffic crawled and boats were used to ferry stranded schoolchildren. Coastal Karnataka is likely to receive more rain on Wednesday, the weather office has said. The India Meteorological Department in its forecast has sent out a warning for coastal Karnataka, interior Karnataka and Goa till June 1.
I pray for the safety and wellbeing of all those affected by heavy rains in various parts of Karnataka. Have spoken to officials and asked them to ensure all possible assistance in the affected areas.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 29, 2018
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy took stock of the situation and assured relief to the coastal areas on a war footing. He said on Wednesday that the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) team has been rushed to Mangaluru and Udupi. He directed the district administration to take Coast Guard’s help to rescue people and ordered that necessary steps be taken to prevent loss of lives.
Home minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the situation in Mangaluru and other coastal areas in Karnataka. The Home ministry said it has reviewed the situation in Managalore and is rushing additional teams of the NDRF to assist the local administration in handling rescue and relief operations.
State BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa too tweeted his prayers for those hit by the rain and asked fishermen not to venture into the sea. Schools and colleges will remain shut on Wednesday in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. The heavy rains in parts of Karnataka have claimed three lives so far, according to reports.