CM chairs monsoon preparedness meet; Asks Depts to be prepared & alert

CM chairs monsoon preparedness meet; Asks Depts to be prepared & alert

Dimapur, April 14: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has directed all technical departments responsible for management of emergencies to be prepared and alert during the coming monsoon to save lives and properties.
The CM was speaking at a pre-monsoon meeting convened by Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Home Department on Friday in the office chamber of Chief Minister, Civil Secretariat.
After the deliberation, the Chief Minister announced for state-wide social work to be carried out across the districts on April 21. This is to ensure clearing of blocked drainages and other public utilities.
The District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) along with all stakeholders such as NGOs, village councils, governmental departments will undertake mass social work as preventive measures before the onset of monsoon. The PWD department has been tasked to complete the construction of Bailey Bridge at Chathe River before the onset of monsoon.
The CM convened the pre monsoon preparedness meeting to take stock of the status of the infrastructures and public utilities before the onset of monsoon. This was imperative as Nagaland had witnessed unfavourable monsoon last year which caused huge loss to lives and properties in many parts of Nagaland due to increased climate change induced extreme weather.
During the meeting some of the agenda discussed were provisioning of central pool of resources from the line departments to be parked at the disposal of DDMAs to be used during any exigencies, review of status report of infrastructures and public utilities from the line technical departments, status of preventive measures for the monsoon at the state and district level to respond effectively to any likelihood of flood situations, windstorms and destructions of public utilities, provision for Disaster Mitigation Fund and also life insurance policies for the SDRF personnel who take extreme risk in times of disaster.
Many AHoDs shared concerns on the preparedness for the monsoon or any eventuality of disasters. The inspection report on the infrastructure was shared by the Commissioner & Secretary, PWD and stated that bridges and culverts have been checked. However, he appealed to conduct a safety audit of public infrastructures which will ensure more resilience in times of disasters. The Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) shared about the crop insurance and animal insurance which have benefited to farmers and also stressed on the need to scale up. The chairman of District Disaster Management Authority, Kohima informed the house on the need to find an alternate route to be used during any emergency.
(Page News Service)