The Chief Minister of Arunachal developed an early warning system to prevent deaths due to disasters.
Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pima Khandu on Thursday stressed the need for a strong early warning system to prevent casualties due to disasters.
Presiding over a meeting on monsoon preparations, Khandu insisted that the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) should be active round the clock during the season and said that the SDRF and NDRF should refrain from dismissing their personnel and Be vigilant with strength.
“Human life is precious. We must go to great lengths to prevent loss of life,” the chief minister said.
He also demanded that the state disaster management officials not only rely on telephone or WhatsApp messages but also personally contact their officials in the districts if any warning has to be given.
“While we do not want any calamity to befall us, we cannot deny the fact that nature is unpredictable and we need to be prepared. Arunachal Pradesh, due to its strategic geographical location, is in every monsoon The situation has to be addressed, “he said.
Appreciating the system adopted by the Disaster Management Department for monitoring all weather forecasts by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and sending warning messages to the endangered districts, Khandu observed that bad weather often Affects data services.
He said that the officials of State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) should personally call the district administration or the concerned district disaster management officers to ensure that the warning is given in advance.
Praising the Capital District Administration for evicting 17 families from vulnerable areas within the state capital, Khandu directed all the Deputy Commissioners to follow suit to avoid any loss of life.
On the concerns raised by the SDMA and the Deputy Commissioners regarding the provision of emergency relief to the victims, the Chief Minister advised the State Finance Department to coordinate with the SDMA and facilitate the disbursement of funds for this purpose.
He also endorsed the proposal to equip the police stations with basic equipment and first aid kits for rescue operations as the police is the first option in case of any disaster.
He asked the SDMA to work on it and do the necessary work. As far as funds are concerned, he said that SDMA has ample funds.
“There are at least four months of monsoon left. Let’s be fully prepared,” Khandu added.
Disaster Management Advisor Tanpho Wangnaw, who is visiting dangerous places in the state capital and areas affected by the recent landslides, blamed large-scale and illegal logging as a major cause of landslides by citizens. Pause
Advocating for strict legal action against those involved in illegal logging, Wangnaw also expressed concern about the authorities’ failure to report disasters and damage, especially in the districts.
He said that due to non-availability of reports, SDMA was unable to take immediate action for the victims, which was tantamount to injustice.
As of Wednesday, 14 districts, 33 villages and about 3,000 people had been affected, according to details provided by the SDMA, while seven people had died – four in the Itanagar capital area and three in the Kurung Kumey.
Two people are reported missing, one each in Itanagar and Anjaw. At least 7.6 hectares of cultivated fields have been destroyed while 392 houses have been damaged across the state.