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NEPEx-3 conducted; NDMA says ‘well done’


Kohima, November 21: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has expressed satisfaction over the preparedness of Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) to face any disastrous situation even in extreme weather situation.
Interacting with media persons after conduct of Nagaland Emergency Preparedness Exercise (NEPEx)-3 throughout the state today, NDMA senior specialist (Ops) Kuldeep Singh expressed happiness on the “very rapid organizational skill” of the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority.
The exercise was conducted in exceptional manner under extreme weather situation, he said.
He said in the event of extreme weather condition, the NDMA would have given warning three-days in advance but the NSDMA decided to conduct the exercise directly today only.
There has been incremental progression because of the retention of officers and staff engaged in NSDMA, he said.
Sharing his experience, when he came as an observer in 2017 and now, Singh lauded the use of technology like drone to assess the situation and also towards the overall execution of the exercise. He was happy to see the set up of ICP and other offices and such set up will be emulated in other states during such exercises.
He said the situation created for the exercise was the need of the hour considering the geographical structure and extreme climate as such disaster will create large number of casualties and landslide in a state like Nagaland.
“If a state can do an exercise so well, can respond equally well and respond very well during the actual disaster,” he said.
Ward based reaction team
Expressing satisfaction on the overall conduct of exercise throughout the state, Principal Secretary and Responsible Officer for NEPEx-3, Menukhol John said NSDMA would soon be setting up ward based reaction team to be the first responders so as to tackle the emergency situation.
Through the exercise the team has mainly found the problem of connectivity in rural areas of the State, he said.
Nonetheless, he said that the efforts would be made to overcome the issue through wireless and satellite connectivity and also bringing in the services of telecom service providers.
(Page News Service)