Mekunu Cyclone hits coastal Karnataka, PM Modi ensures assistance

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The cyclone named ‘Mekunu’ has hit coastal districts of Karnataka on May 29. Among coastal districts, Mangalore and Udupi were the worst-hit areas in the state. The Home Ministry said it has reviewed the situation in Managalore and was sending additional teams of National Disaster Response Force with equipments to assist the local administration in handling rescue and relief operations.

Heavy rainfall and strong winds have uprooted trees and resulted in floods that brought huge devastation in coastal areas.

Amid heavy rainfall in parts of Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to officials and directed them to ensure all possible assistance in the affected areas.

“I pray for the safety and well-being 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,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi.

Seeing the situation newly elected Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, reportedly held a teleconference on the morning of May 30 with the deputy commissioners of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi and assured relief to the coastal areas on a war footing.

The administration has announced the closure of schools, colleges and other educational institutions, markets etc following the devastation.

 The Indian Metereological Department had earlier predicted a heavy rainfall. According to the revenue and disaster management department, the south-west monsoon is likely to set into coastal Karnataka on May 30.

Mangaluru City Corporation launches 24×7 Monsoon Helpline Centre. Locals can contact officials on 0824-2220306 to register the complaints.