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EAC for efficient disaster management in NE

By Correspondent

SHILLONG, Feb 29 - The Eastern Air Command today said it would like to enhance its partnership with the State Governments, under its area of responsibility, for quick and efficient disaster management and also mitigation.

The EAC has 12 States under its area of responsibility. EAC chief Air Marshal C Hari Kumar said after the end of the two-day seminar on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) here at its headquarters that the EAC is keen to take its partnership with the State Governments to the next level.

The Air Marshal said, the seminar involved all the stakeholders from the North East and also included representatives from the Army and Navy.

He said the NE region poses its own challenges because of its weather, infrastructure and terrain. �Even as the EAC continues to enhance its capability and infrastructure in its area of responsibility for air operations, the susceptibility of the region to natural calamities has seen the IAF�s HADR missions increasing,� Air Marshal Kumar said.

The Air Marshal said it would assist the region to better prepare during floods and other natural calamities.

On the frequent chopper crashes in the region, especially in Arunachal Pradesh, he said that induction of better technology would reduce such crashes in future.

Meanwhile, the Air Marshal said, security in all the Air bases in the country has been enhanced following the Pathankot terror attack. �Now there is a multi-layered security in place in the air bases,� he added.

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