MORIGAON, Sept 16 - To create awareness among schoolchildren about disaster risk management, as directed by the Assam State Disaster Risk Management Authority, Morigaon Revenue Circle launched an awareness programme in 16 schools on September 15.
It may be mentioned here that during the time of last devastating flood, as many as 68 (under 14) children died. With a view to make zero casualty in catastrophes, the Disaster Risk Management department has taken a number of measures among the schoolchildren to mitigate the tragedies.
In Morigaon Revenue Circle, the department selected Jaluguti HS School as a model school to create awareness on the fact that students can play a vital role to mitigate disaster at the time of natural calamities like flood, earthquake etc.
As a part of the programme, a tree plantation drive was carried out in the area by the school students. A procession was also taken out at Jaluguti on the occasion followed by a quiz competition. Mock drill exhibiting protection measures during flood and fire were also organised as a part of the programme.
The meeting held on the occasion was presided over by Ramesh Bora, senior teacher, Jaluguti HS School. Speaking on the occasion, Sanghamitra Bhagawati, Circle Officer, Morigaon Revenue Circle dwelt at length on the modus operandi of Disaster Risk Management in Morigaon areas.
SILCHAR: The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Cachar in association with the Assam State Disaster Management Authority and local NGOs organised a zero-casualty campaign across 136 gaon panchayats under Cachar district on Friday.
In one such emergency exercise at the Bhorakhai High School adjacent to Silcoorie area under Cachar district, Deputy Commissioner Dr S Laxmanan shared his personal experiences of dealing with disaster situation. �We must not panic during earthquakes and such drilling sessions will give the know-how to the students to avert massive effects during emergencies,� Dr Laxmanan maintained.
Project Officer of District Disaster Management Authority Cachar Shamim Ahmed Laskar thanked the students for turning up in large numbers to take part in the emergency drill.
Meanwhile, in another such emergency exercise at Nehru High School in Singari Basti, as many as 150 anganwadi workers alleged that they were denied training services for which they were asked to join the venue.
Dhemaji: Along with rest of the State, the District Disaster Management Authority, Dhemaji in collaboration with the Assam State Disaster Management Authority organised the Gaon Panchayat Emergency Management Exercise (GPEMEx) in different gaon panchayats of the district.
In the exercise, various disaster risk reduction activities were taken up to boost the disaster management awareness among village-level communities to minimise the distress of natural and man-made disasters. The school students and teachers, elected members of gaon panchayats, local villagers, VLMCC members, ASHA workers, APDCL officials, revenue circle officials, personnel of NDRF and SDRF participated in the exercises.
Rallies were taken out in the major roads of gaon panchayats displaying various placards on disaster mitigation issues. Quiz and drawing competitions were also organised among students on the themes of environment protection and conservation of nature etc. Mock drills on flood preparedness, school safety, first aid and public meetings were also organised among the participants. The exercises ended with a valedictory function and distribution of prizes and certificates among students who participated in the quiz and drawing competitions.