Mock drill exercise on earthquake induced disaster for South district

Namchi, 10 Oct (IPR): A District level mock drill exercise on earthquake induced disaster for South district organised by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) was held across various points in Namchi today.

Under the administration of Incident Commander (DC South), Mr. Prabhakar Verma, and Logistic Section Chief (ADC South), Mr. Satyen Pradhan, the mock drill exercise was held with an objective of planning, co-ordination, logistics, monitoring disaster prevention, mitigation, search & rescue, preparedness and management in an earthquake disaster scenario. The exercise took place across various points namely Singithang ground, under-construction building Kisan Bazaar, Parking Plaza, all schools, offices and educational institutions under South district, Ravangla Bazaar and major highways across Melli-Jorethang road.

The entire operation was conducted under the guidelines of Incident Response System (IRS) which organizes a coordinated response mechanism at all levels of administration. Under such circumstances, the first scenario of earthquake disaster was held across schools and offices where Drop Cover Hold followed by evacuation drill and assembly was observed.

Meanwhile, Singhithang public ground served as the staging area where the rescue team supported by NGO members, Quick Response Team (QRT), health representatives, police and fire personnel were briefed by Staging Commander (ASP South), Ms. Linda Palmu. Thereon, a scenario where collapse of building slabs was reported from Kisan Bazaar where Fire Fighter Commander, Mr. Bishal Rai, and his team carried out search and rescue operation and triage with the assistance of Police Personnel. SDRF, medical experts, fire and emergency support personnel and safety managers played a crucial role in pursuing their roles and coordinating with one another during the real time disaster in the said area. Similarly, real time disaster situations were established in Namchi Parking Plaza and Government Senior Secondary School.

The mock drill exercise saw the Quick Response team (QRT) render assistance to evacuate and rescue the injured from sensitive and vulnerable zones in order to reduce chaos and confusion during actual incident management.

Later, a briefing session was held at DAC conference hall which also served as the District Control Room during the mock exercise. In the briefing session, various officials from concerned departments shared their learning and findings based on their roles during the mock drill. Discussions on effective communication, availability of rescue equipments, crowd control and segregation of casualties were discussed at length. They also underlined the imperatives of such drills at regular intervals in the future to equip the public and to avert and minimise casualties of any kind.

Upon completion of the drill, Observer, Major Ankit Thapliyal, presented a detailed evaluation of the mock drill assessing them on various criteria such as communication, resources made available for the rescue operations, awareness of responsibilities, nodal agency’s ability to coordinate with support agencies and overall coordination amongst various stakeholders. He lauded the immaculate execution of all the stakeholders and also gauged the effectiveness of the participants during the mock exercise and provided valuable inputs to avert risks of any nature in the future.

Overall, the mock drill exercise of South district was conducted in a smooth and effective manner.

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