Thursday, October 6, 2022

Prepare plans for heat waves, monsoon floods: PM to states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said steps be taken to reduce deaths due to heat waves and fires, adding that response time to such incidents should be minimal.
Chairing a review meeting on preparations for heat wave management and monsoon preparedness Delhi, Modi called for regular fire safety audits of hospitals in view of rising temperatures and taking steps to reduce vulnerability of forests against fire hazards.
Modi also advised all states to prepare Flood Preparedness Plan for monsoon and Heat Action Plan for summers, according to a government statement.
Modi called upon the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to develop its deployment plan in flood-affected states. “Active use of social media for sensitization of communities has to be widely adopted,” Modi said according to the statement. Modi also directed officials that in view of upcoming monsoons, arrangements for monitoring the quality of drinking water need to be ensured to avoid contamination and spread of water-borne diseases.
The meeting also discussed ways and means to effectively coordinate between Centre and states for any incidents in the wake of heat waves and upcoming monsoons.