People shouldn’t panic after weather warnings: govt

Officials to advise people of preventive measures to deal with any flood situation

SRINAGAR: The government on Wednesday urged people of Kashmir not to panic after weather warnings by meteorology department.
A government spokesman said that relief and rehabilitation minister, Syed Basharat Bukhari along with roads and buildings minister, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, convened a high-level meeting of officers of various departments to review the preparation of the administration to deal with any future flood situation.
“The people should not become panicky after the weather warnings from the meteorology department rather cooperate with the administration in dealing with any untoward situation,” the spokesman quoted the ministers as saying.
They urged the flood officers to advise people appropriately of the preventive measures to be taken to deal with the like situation.
The ministers took detailed review of the functioning of State Disaster Management Authority and discussed with the concerned the strategy to deal with the flood like situations in Kashmir.
They directed the concerned authorities to establish Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) in Srinagar and Jammu besides other district headquarters equipped with modern facilities to effectively deal with flood-like situations.
They stressed the need for a coordinated strategy to deal with flood like situations and directed the concerned agencies to always be in state of preparedness.
The officers were directed to project the requirements with regard to funds, if any, within next few days to the government enabling it to arrange the same.
Commissioner secretary, relief and rehabilitation, Dheeraj Gupta briefed the meeting about the measures taken by the department to deal with the flood situations, besides financial and physical status of State Disaster Management Authority.
He said that there is no shortage of funds in this regard and state authority is well prepared to deal with any such situation.