Wokha DDMA deliberates on monsoon disaster preparedness

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/15/2020 10:24:55 PM IST

Wokha District Disaster Management Authority (WDDMA) held a meeting to discuss on disaster during monsoon season at DC’s conference hall, Wokha on July 15.  

According to DIPR report, DC & chairman WDDMA, Orenthung Lotha in his opening remark said that due to COVID-19 lockdown, all the other activities have been stalled and the district could not conduct the meeting on time. DC further said, with the onset of monsoon one must be prepared within one’s capacity. SDRF gave a briefing on their activities in the district, Road & Bridges highlighted on maintenance of roads, and the Health and Family Welfare highlighted on the present status on COVID-19 in the district.
Sharing the experiences from the last 2 search operations at Doyang due to drowning, EAC Sanis, Seyiekhrietuo Solo, said there was need for a proper SOP specific to search operations as it has become a yearly affair. He also opined that a timely co-ordination with the DHEP officials was required as switching the machine off indefinitely during search operations was not possible. Solo said that as Doyang river was the biggest water body in the state and prone to drowning incidents, whereby the district immediately require equipment like better boats, deep diving gear, drones, sonar scan and under water cameras.  Commandant Home Guards & Civil Defense, Vikiho, highlighting about 30 dedicated state disaster response force (SRDF) under the establishment of district commandant HG &CD Wokha. He added that the service of HG& CD (SDRF) personnel can be utilized for search & rescue of trapped victims/casualties/dead bodies, administering and providing first aids to victims before transporting to advance care unit or hospital.  Department of Road & Bridges while reporting on damage report, stated that in spite of the monsoon season all the PWD existing roads were plyable. Chief medical officer, Wokha C.W. Tungoe said that, so far Nagaland state reported 896 positive cases but only one positive case at present in Wokha district. There are no cases of quarantine spread or community spread till date, although Wokha district is bordered with Assam state. 
Department of Food & Civil Supplies highlighted on the status of rice distribution during the pandemic crisis and said that ANBY was a part of government of India initiative for economic measures for providing food grains free of cost to the stranded migrants and labourers, not covered under National Food Security Act or state public distribution system (PDS). 

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