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J&K to have own disaster management plan

After the devastating floods last year, Jammu and Kashmir will soon have its own disaster management plan, which will be implemented after the formation of the new government in the state.



Jammu: After the devastating floods last year, Jammu and Kashmir will soon have its own disaster management plan, which will be implemented after the formation of the new government in the state.

Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey on Monday chaired a meeting of the Executive Committee of State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) to approve the final draft of J&K State Disaster Management Plan (JKSDMP), an official spokesperson said.

The final draft has been prepared after incorporating suggestions from all the departments and stakeholders besides taking into consideration the recent devastating flood and previous disasters that have hit the state, he said.

The plan includes analysis of hazard, vulnerability profile, covering preventive, risk reduction aspects as well as response and recovery, he said.

"It emphasises on the specific role of government departments and other stakeholders at the community level disaster preparation," he said.

The plan stresses on a command structure that will deal with emergency situations, "It envisages establishing fully equipped emergency operation centers at secure locations and its integration with the administrative chain of command," the spokesperson said.

The state did not have a disaster manageement plan up until now and the decision was taken in the wake of devastating deluge last year in September which claimed 283 lives, as per official figures, and caused damage to property worth Rs 44,000 crore in the Valley.

The plan includes resource cataloguing, focusing on availability and stock of emergency equipment, location of stores at secure multiple places, training of human resources to significantly increase the capacity to intervene and support during emergency situations through simulation exercises and mock drills, insulation of communications system and apparatus from the effects of a disaster besides safety of official data and records.

"The draft addresses the urgent need to revisit the construction plans, incorporating building codes while constructing new structures and retrofitting old ones. It especially focuses on the need to carry out audit of safety standards of lifeline buildings and valuable equipment of various essential and emergency services in the state," he said.

Addressing the meeting, the chief secretary said that state disaster response force has to develop into a professional and dedicated force for disaster relief.

He said, whatever lacunae and deficiency was reported while tackling the recent flood disaster must be factored in the plan.  

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