Uttara Kannada is a district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is bordered by the state of Goa and Belgaum district to the north, Dharwad district and Haveri district to the east, Shimoga district and Udupi district to the south and the Arabian Sea to the west.
It is located in the Western Ghats and invites heavy rainfall followed by flash floods in the coastal taluks. Also, the rivers with reservoirs constructed on it for hydel project release water in large quantity during unprecedented rains leading to flash floods threatening the life and property loss in the islands and villages on the river banks. During monsoon month, instances of landslides are common in some parts of the Western Ghats. In the upghat regions of the district, the threat of drought is very common with some times the farmers are not in a position to get even single crop. The coastal belt is prone to cyclone and coastal erosions every year.
After publishing The Disaster Management Act in the year 2005, clear guidelines/instructions have been set to tackle the pre, during, and post disaster situations. As per the act, every year the District Disaster Management Plan is being revised and updated for its effective usage. The district administration has a dedicated Disaster Helpline that is being attended at the DC office Control Room 24×7. Detailed information can be found in the District Disaster Management Plan.