Statewide mass social work on May 4

DIMAPUR, APR 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/17/2019 11:44:43 AM IST

To avert landslide and other disasters during monsoon, a statewide mass social work would be carried out on May 4, 2019 clearing out all clogged drainages, culverts and debris. This was decided at a meeting to review pre-monsoon preparedness with AHoDs, HoDs and DCs at the secretariat conference hall on April 16, 2019. In districts, similar meeting would be held by DCs with the line departments and discuss matters relating to pre-monsoon preparedness.

Speaking at the meeting, state chief secretary, Temjen Toy, urged all the departments to take preventive checks and be prepared for any emergencies. He said most disasters in Nagaland occur in the form of landslides due to excessive rain and clogged drainages, adding that many such disasters could be avoided with timely action.

Deliberating on the roads blockage in far flung areas of the state during monsoon, the meeting decided that an alternative route would have to identify by all the DCs which would be led by NSDMA and line departments. It was also decided that DCs along with Road & Bridges department should work out an alternative routes in the districts and important places to be used during the monsoon season. 

On the issue of shortage of food supplies in the far flung areas during disasters, it was decided that the divisional godown would be stocked up with food grains so that it can be used as relief materials for the affected people or as and when the need arises.

Further, it was decided that the department of health & family welfare to keep sufficient stock of medicines and manpower available in district hospitals, community health centres and PHCs at district levels in case of any emergencies.

While discussing on the suspected cattle epidemic in some parts of Dimapur and Medziphema areas, the animal husbandry department has been directed to procure sufficient medicines to contain the outbreak of the epidemic and also to keep sufficient drugs in stock in case of any such outbreak of epidemic during the monsoon season.

With regard to Agri & Allied departments, the meeting noted that due to excessive rain and hailstone tons of horticulture crops were damaged every year. It was, therefore, decided that a parameter for damage assessment would be brought up by NSDMA. All the other departments concerned with the assessments of damages in roads, crops and bridges etc have been asked to be realistic in their assessments of damages. On crop insurance, the Agri & Allied departments have been directed to formulate the modalities.

During the meeting, it was decided that more training and refresher course would be given to SDRF personnel so they were in a better position to tackle any emergencies that could arise during the monsoon. On equipments purchase, the NSDMA should first consult SDRF while purchasing in order to get the exact requirements.

OSD Johnny Rongmei gave a powerpoint presentation on pre-monsoon preparedness meeting.

He mentioned that the status of public infrastructures and helipads should be monitored by the concerned line departments such as PWD, PHE, Power, Urban etc. Also, the emergency response team was to be available at any given time. He also mentioned that completion of repair works and cleaning of drains and nullahs were required. OSD said that identifying alternate routes and roads were to be done by DDMAs and line departments. DDMA Dimapur was also to take into precautionary measures of the flooding of Dimapur airport. 

Also, the deputy commissioners were asked to review landslide-prone areas which could disrupt daily routines.

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