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Friday, October 9, 2009

Meet on disaster management held

SILCHAR, Oct 9: A district-level meeting on preparation to meet emergency situations due to possible earthquake was held under the presidentship of Cachar Deputy Commissioner Gautam Ganguly in his conference hall yesterday. In the meeting, various methods and strategies were formulated to respond quickly during natural disasters. Barak Valley, like the entire Northeast, is prone to tremors and the history fact-sheet records many quakes during the last five decades.
The Deputy Commissioner said that Cachar falls in the fifth zone of earthquake prone area and this warrants adoption of various preventive measures as well as foolproof strategy. The most important aspect of this disaster management is public awareness for pre-emptive steps.

It was decided at the meeting to divide the entire town of Silchar into four zones and every development block will be one zone. Common people have to be made conscious of their own responsibility along with the protective methods in order to minimize loss of life and property. Different departments of the government have been advised to submit their planning within seven days along with a list of materials to be kept ready in the event of natural calamity. It was also revealed by him that a demonstration by the Army would be arranged for creating awareness among people.

The Water Resources Department has been advised to strengthen the embankments and the PWD (R) to keep a close watch on the network of roads. The Silchar development authority has been asked to examine the structural conditions of weak houses and the Education Department to inspect the school buildings. Cachar Municipal Board Chairperson Susmita Dev, Vice Chairman Bijoyendra Prasad Singh, Silchar Development Authority Chairman Sujan Dutta, ADCs, Army, police, home guard, ASEB and PHE officials were also present in the meeting. THE SENTINEL

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