Dimapur, April 17: Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy, IAS has directed all departments to take preventive checks and remain prepared for any emergencies during the coming monsoon season.
In Nagaland most disasters occur in the form of landslides due to excessive rain and clogged drainages during monsoon season and many such disasters can be avoided with timely action, the CS said while addressing a meeting to review pre-monsoon preparedness with AHoDs, HoDs and DCs in the Secretariat conference hall on April 16.
The pre-monsoon preparedness meeting deliberated on many action points relating to disasters with the onset of monsoon season in Nagaland. The house decided that a mass social work will be carried out across the State on May 4 to clear out all clogged drainages, culverts and debris to avert landslide and other disasters. In districts, similar meeting will be convened by DCs with line departments and discuss matters relating to pre monsoon preparedness.
Deliberating on roads blockages in far flung areas of the State during monsoon, the meeting decided that an alternative route will be identified by all the DCs which will 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 will 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. It also decided that the Health and Family Welfare Department will 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 epidemic of cattle in some parts of Dimapur and Medziphema areas, the Animal Husbandry Department was 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.
The meeting further decided that for the Agri & Allied departments due to excessive rain and hailstone tons of horticulture crops are damaged every year and therefore it was decided that a parameter for damage assessment will be brought up by the NSDMA. All the other departments concerned with the assessments of damages in roads, crops and bridges etc were asked to be realistic in their assessments of damages. On crop insurance, the department of Agri & Allied has been directed to formulate the modalities.
The meeting also decided that more training and refresher course will be given to SDRF personnel so that they are in a better position to tackle any emergencies that may arise during the monsoon season. On equipments purchase, the NSDMA was asked to first consult the SDRF while purchasing in order to get the exact requirements.
OSD Johnny Rongmei gave a power point presentation on pre-monsoon preparedness in the meeting. The DDMA Dimapur was also asked to take precautionary measures to stop flooding of Dimapur airport. (Page News Service)