Namchi, 23rd June (IPR): In view of the imminent monsoon, a daylong co-ordination meeting on Monsoon Preparedness organized by District Disaster Management Authority South (DDMA) was held at the Conference Hall of DAC Namchi today.
The meeting chaired by DC (South) Shri. Ragul.K and co-attended by SDM (HQ) Shri. Chiran Rizal, SP(S) Shri. Thakur Thapa, ASP (South) Shri. J. Jayapandiyan alongside SDMs, BDOs and nodal officers was held with an objective to meet the challenges of the impending monsoon. It was attended by all line departments to ascertain the preparedness of each department and the disaster-related interventions expected of the departments in the event of monsoon triggered disasters.
During the meeting, issues related to monsoon induced calamities, action plans by various departments, coordination between all line departments and contractors/companies, prompt assistance and restoration activities to reinforce normalcy of lives post-disaster were discussed.
DC (S) Shri. Ragul K directed all concerned officials and disaster management team to remain vigilant and ready to tackle disasters of any magnitude during the time of monsoon. In his address, DC stressed the importance of conducting a thorough vulnerability assessment under South district to avert any monsoon induced disaster. He also reviewed the status of the ongoing or any pending excavation work in the district and drew the attention of the site engineers and concerned contractors to steer clear of blockades of motorable roads under South district. Thereby, he issued clear directives for provision of men and machinery to clear any blockades at all strategic locations as and when required. He also addressed the gravity of effective communication during times of disaster and urged the officials to remain available over their phones at all given times and submit timely status reports of road conditions promptly. Matters related to disbursement of ex-gratia was also taken up during the meeting. Fire and rescue personnel are required to be adequately equipped with rescue equipment for rescue and relief operations, the Collector said. A review of the availability of pipes and necessary equipment needed in the wake of monsoons, restoration of power supply and water supply lines during heavy rains, cleanliness drives and unblocking of clogged drains, streamlining of back cutting work, the nomination of District Task Force for catering to Disaster response were all discussed during the meeting.
Departments like PWD were briefed to keep a check on haphazard dumping in order to avoid any untoward incident. Installation of road signs along all the vulnerable sites is also to be taken up by the department. Similarly, the DC issued directives to the Urban bodies, PHE, RDD, UDHD, NHIDCL as well as the private stakeholders to ensure preventive actions regarding restoration of landslides along the highway to facilitate traffic movement. Likewise, the DC advised Forest Department to look into the problem of reckless dumping, felling of tilted trees and plantation wherever necessary.
Further, all officials present were directed to ascertain adequate stock of essentials to tide through any potential disaster, its relief and management.