Udupi, Aug 14: The Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rain in the coastal region of the Karnataka from August.15 following which red alert has been declared  by the District Disaster Management Authority.

The authority has warned residents of low lying areas to ensure safety of children and have shifted senior citizens and pregnant women to relief camps. 

The fishermen have been asked not to venture into water for fishing.

All the officials of District and Taluk level offices are asked to stay stationed and be alert. The Nodal officers are asked to respond to any complaints immediately. They have also been asked to keep a check on the level of water in rivers and Red alert declared in Udupi district following the heavy rain.

Udupi, Aug 14:  The Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rain in the coastal region of the Karnataka from August.15 following which red alert has been declared  by the District Disaster Management Authority. They have released emergency action as below. 

The authority have warned the people of the low lying areas near water bodies to avoid the children's visit. The pregnant women, senior citizens and children of the submerging areas are shifted to relief center. The fishermen are restricted to go for fishing in the sea and rivers.

All the officials of District and Taluk level offices are asked to stay stationed and be alert by keep their Telephone and other programs revert to any calls. The Nodal officer is asked to respond to any complaints immediately. They are also asked to keep a check on the level of water in rivers and dams and stay in contact with DC office.

In case of emergency and other grievances people can contact control room on 0820- 2574802

Toll free number: 1077 to be contacted.

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Mangaluru: A Belthangady resident Rawoof, who works as a helper at local Madrasa was on Monday in for a shock of his life when he was informed by his friends and relatives that his name was appearing in news channels and papers but for all the wrong reasons.

Rawoof on Monday received several calls from his friends and relatives informing him about his name appearing in news channels and papers calling to be a terrorist who made and received calls from Pakistan in Belthangady.

Reports were doing rounds in media that the NIA had arrested one terrorist from Belthangady for allegedly making and receiving satellite calls from Pakistan. Although the news was not verified or confirmed from any official sources or authority, media houses jumped to conclusion and soon name of Rawoof appeared in reports as the arrested terrorist.

After being informed by his friends and relatives, Rawoof immediately got in touch with Ullal MLA and senior Congress leader U T Khader who advised him to appear before Dakshina Kannada SP Laxmiprasad and to file a complaint in this regard at the earliest.

Rawoof appeared before Superintendent of Police and cleared his stance and added that he had no connection with Pakistan and that reports being shown in the media are untrue.


After verifying his details and backgrounds to the SP, Rawoof urged him to take strict action against the media houses who have casted him as a terrorist.

Rawoof also met Mangaluru Police Commissioner Dr. PS Harsha and informed him about the reports and added that the whole episode had caused mental harassment and torture to him.

Speaking to Vartha Bharati, Rawoof said "This whole thing has badly affected my mental peace. My family is being asked about my connections with Pakistan. All this, when I don't know anything about such stuff. The whole incident has disturbed me and my family completely".

He further added that he had faith on the police department who will take action against those found guilty.

MLA U T Khader also batted for action against media houses who casted Rawoof as terrorist even when the SP has confirmed that there is no criminal record and history of Rawoof.

Earlier in the day, SP Laxmiprasad had also rubbished the reports and had added that no such incident or case of satellite calls being made or received from Pakistan was reported nor the NIA had arrested any person in this regard.