DDMA, Uttara Kannada

Uttara Kannada District Disaster Management Authority Overview

Nestled amidst the pristine Western Ghats and bordered by the azure Arabian Sea, Uttara Kannada district is a picturesque gem in the heart of Karnataka, India. However, the region’s breathtaking beauty is juxtaposed with its vulnerability to a variety of natural and man-made disasters. In response to these challenges, the Uttara Kannada District Disaster Management Authority (UKDDMA) was established under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. This institution plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of the district’s inhabitants by mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from various calamities.

Geographical Context and Disasters:

Uttara Kannada district boasts a diverse topography characterized by lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and fertile plains. However, this geographical diversity also exposes the region to a range of natural hazards, including:

  1. Flooding : The district’s numerous rivers, including the mighty Sharavathi and Kali, are prone to swelling during the monsoon season, leading to widespread flooding in low-lying areas.
  2. Landslides: The hilly terrain of Uttara Kannada makes it susceptible to landslides, especially during heavy rainfall, posing significant risks to settlements and transportation infrastructure.
  3. Cyclones and Storm Surges: The coastal areas of the district are vulnerable to cyclonic storms and associated storm surges, which can cause extensive damage to property and livelihoods.
  4. Forest Fires: With vast swathes of dense forests, Uttara Kannada faces the recurring threat of forest fires, which can devastate ecosystems, endanger wildlife, and affect nearby human settlements.
  5. Industrial Accidents: The presence of industries, including mining and manufacturing units, introduces the risk of industrial accidents such as chemical spills, fires, and explosions, necessitating preparedness and response measures.

Incident Response System:

The UKDDMA employs a robust incident response system designed to ensure a prompt and coordinated response to emergencies. This system encompasses the following key components:

  1. Early Warning Systems: Utilizing advanced technologies and communication networks, the authority disseminates timely warnings and alerts to vulnerable communities, enabling them to take preventive actions and evacuate if necessary.
  2. Emergency Operations Center (EOC): The UKDDMA operates a central Emergency Operations Center equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and staffed by trained personnel who coordinate response efforts, monitor the situation, and disseminate information to relevant stakeholders in real-time.
  3. Incident Command System (ICS): During emergencies, the authority implements an Incident Command System to establish clear command and control structures, delineate roles and responsibilities, and facilitate seamless coordination among response agencies and stakeholders.
  4. Resource Management: The UKDDMA maintains an inventory of resources, including personnel, equipment, and supplies, which can be rapidly mobilized and deployed to the affected areas based on priority needs identified during the response phase.
  5. Community Engagement: Recognizing the importance of community participation in disaster response, the authority collaborates closely with local communities, volunteer groups, and civil society organizations to harness local knowledge and resources, enhance situational awareness, and facilitate effective response and recovery efforts.

Sendai Convention on Disaster Risk Reduction and Its Priority Goals and Actions:

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 is an international agreement adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015. It outlines a comprehensive roadmap for countries and stakeholders to reduce disaster risk and build resilience to disasters. The framework comprises four priority areas, known as the “Four Priorities for Action,” which guide global efforts in disaster risk reduction:

  1. Understanding Disaster Risk.
    • Enhance understanding of disaster risk through risk assessment, mapping, monitoring, and early warning systems.
    • Strengthen disaster risk governance to ensure accountability, transparency, and participation of all stakeholders in decision-making processes related to disaster risk reduction. 
  2. Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction:
    • Invest in disaster risk reduction measures and strategies to enhance resilience and reduce vulnerabilities, with a particular focus on infrastructure, housing, and livelihoods.
    • Promote public and private investments in disaster-resilient infrastructure and sustainable land use practices to minimize the impact of disasters on communities and economies.
  3. Enhancing Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response:
    • Strengthen disaster preparedness and contingency planning to ensure timely and effective response to disasters, including through the development and testing of emergency response plans and mechanisms.
    • Enhance community-based disaster preparedness and early warning systems to empower communities to take proactive measures to protect themselves and their assets from disasters.
  4. Understanding Disaster Risk.
    • Enhance understanding of disaster risk through risk assessment, mapping, monitoring, and early warning systems.
    • Strengthen disaster risk governance to ensure accountability, transparency, and participation of all stakeholders in decision-making processes related to disaster risk reduction.

Integration with Uttara Kannada District Disaster Management Authority:

The Uttara Kannada District Disaster Management Authority (UKDDMA) aligns its efforts with the Sendai Framework’s priorities and actions to enhance disaster risk reduction and build resilience in the district. By integrating the Sendai Framework’s principles into its policies, programs, and initiatives, the UKDDMA aims to:

  1. Improve understanding of local disaster risks through comprehensive risk assessments, mapping exercises, and the establishment of early warning systems.
  2. Strengthen disaster risk governance by promoting multi-stakeholder engagement, transparency, and accountability in decision-making processes related to disaster risk reduction.
  3. Invest in disaster-resilient infrastructure, housing, and livelihoods to reduce vulnerabilities and enhance the district’s capacity to withstand and recover from disasters.
  4. Enhance disaster preparedness and response capabilities through the development of emergency response plans, capacity-building initiatives, and community-based disaster preparedness programs.

Through these efforts, the UKDDMA strives to achieve the Sendai Framework’s goals of reducing disaster risk, minimizing the impact of disasters on communities and economies, and fostering sustainable development and resilience in Uttara Kannada district.

Sustainable Development Goals and Target 11.5:

The efforts of the Uttara Kannada District Disaster Management Authority align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Target 11.5, which aims to “significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations.”


By implementing comprehensive disaster risk reduction strategies, enhancing preparedness and response mechanisms, and fostering community resilience, the UKDDMA contributes to achieving Target 11.5 of the SDGs. Through proactive measures such as risk assessments, early warning systems, capacity building, and sustainable development planning, the authority endeavors to minimize the adverse impacts of disasters on human lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure, thereby promoting sustainable development and inclusive growth in Uttara Kannada district.

Establishment and Legal Framework:

In recognition of the district’s susceptibility to these hazards, the Uttara Kannada District Disaster Management Authority was established under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. This legislation provides a comprehensive framework for disaster management, emphasizing the importance of proactive planning, coordination, and community involvement in disaster risk reduction and response efforts.

Powers and Functions:  The UKDDMA is empowered to undertake various functions aimed at enhancing the district’s resilience to disasters, including:

  1. Preparedness and Mitigation: Developing and implementing disaster management plans, conducting risk assessments, and undertaking measures to mitigate the impact of disasters on vulnerable communities.
  2. Response and Relief: Coordinating emergency response efforts, mobilizing resources, providing relief assistance to affected populations, and facilitating search and rescue operations in collaboration with relevant agencies.
  3. Rehabilitation and Recovery: Overseeing the rehabilitation and recovery process, including the restoration of essential services, infrastructure, and livelihoods in the aftermath of disasters.
  4. Capacity Building and Awareness: Conducting training programs, awareness campaigns, and community drills to enhance the capacity of government officials, emergency responders, and community members in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Members of Uttara Kannada District Disaster Management Authority: The UKDDMA comprises representatives from various government departments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and other stakeholders, including:

Uttara Kannada District Disaster Management Authority (As per DM Act, 2005, sec-25(2))
Name Designation Contact Number email ID
Smt. Gangubai Ramesh Mankar, IAS Deputy Commissioner Uttara Kannada Chairperson    
President, Zilla Panchayat Co-Chairperson    
Sri. Ishwar Kumar Kaandhu, IAS , Chief Excecutive Officer(CEO), Zilla Panchayat, UK Member    
Sri Vishnuvardhan  IPS, Superintendent of Police Member    
Sri . Dr. Neeraj B V , District Health & Family Welfare Officer Member 9449843065
Sri. Honnappa Gowda,    Joint Director, Agriculture Member 8277933001
Shri Prakash Rajaput. KAS, Additional Dy. Commissioner of the District Chief Exceutive Officer 7760265920