Wokha DDMA holds disaster preparedness meeting

Dimapur, July 15: Wokha District Disaster Management Authority (WDDMA) held a disaster preparedness meeting on July 15 in the DC’s conference hall, Wokha.
Deputy Commissioner & 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. However, the district had faced some incidents in the past few months like jungle burning at Vankhosung area for jhum cultivation clearance, landslide at Wokha-Bokajan road, drowning case at Doyang River, damage of agricultural crops and plantation by wild elephants, etc. He reiterated the need for the district to remain prepared with the onset of monsoon.
EAC Sanis highlighted on the drowning incident at Doyang, and 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 experiences from the last 2 search operations at Doyang due to drowning, EAC Sanis, Seyiekhrietuo Solo stated the need for a proper SOP specific to search operations as it has become a yearly affair. He highlighted some practical difficulties faced during search operation like communications breakdown as the Doyang Hydro Electrical Project (DHEP) is a massive shadow area, where mobile network is unreliable, and thus the requirement of RT sets and portable PA systems for quick direction/response and updates and for easy public announcements during such operations. He also opined that a timely co-ordination with the DHEP officials is required as the switching the machine off indefinitely during search operations is not possible.
Solo said that as Doyang river is the biggest water body in the State suggested that in order to minimize human intervention during search and rescue operation the district immediately require equipment like better boats, deep diving gear, drones, sonar scan, underwater cameras, etc.
The Department of Food & Civil Supplies highlighted on the status of rice distribution during the current pandemic. (Page News Service)