Mock earthquake exercise conducted in Kohima

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/29/2019 12:21:16 PM IST

A mock earthquake exercise was conducted by the Kohima District Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh and State Disaster Management Force (SDRF), at Seikhazou, Kohima on April 29.

According to DIPR, the exercise involved evacuation and administration of first aid exercises. The NDRF-Itanagar personnel were equipped with equipment for Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR), Flood Rescue Operation, Medical First Responder (MFR) and Chemical Biological Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN).

The earthquake exercise was conducted under the following assumed circumstances: Collapse of Seikhazou Government Higher Secondary School and Urban Primary Health Centre, Seikhazou at 10:40 am, with 21 casualties. One was assumed to be dead, thirteen sustained minor injuries, and seven seriously injured who had to be shifted to Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK). 

At the incident site, a Common Post for Incident and Team Commander was stationed where all stakeholders were assigned to take part in the evacuation exercise. A Medical Post was set up with NDRF and Medical Officers administering first aid assistance to the injured.

After the incident, a de-briefing was held where observers of the mock exercise, deputy commandant, Pranab Daimari and Chief Medical Officer, Abir Chowdhury from NDRF Itanagar pointed out that overall, the exercise was successful.

However, they suggested for more efficiency in the communication system, designating local stakeholders as first responders, including more rescue equipment, more military/Police personnel involvement and also the set up of an information centre near the staging area for such emergency operations in future. They appreciated the Kohima DDMA and SDRF Team for their good response time and thanked all stakeholders for their participation.

DC Kohima, Anoop Khinchi (who is also the responsible officer DDMA) thanked the 12 BN NDRF Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh for travelling to the State to help conduct the exercise. 

ADC Kohima Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa (who is also the incident commander) reported that all concerned stakeholders reported promptly to the incident site. Stakeholders like NDRF, SDRF, Home Guards, KVYO, Fire & Emergency Services, Chief Medical Officer, Power, KMC reported to the site along with personnel, equipment and machineries for the rescue operation.

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