Mitigation plan formed to prevent 2014-like situation

Srinagar: The government on Thursday set up a mitigation plan to prepare for a situation that arose during 2014, when the worst-ever flood hit the valley.
According to the plan, the government has set up control rooms at district headquarters, identified community centers and schools, readied boats, transport and sandbags to plug breaches.
District commissioner Srinagar Dr Farooq Lone said they have issued advisory to people living along rivers or streams to stay vigilant. Also, they have been asked to evacuate the elderly and children from vulnerable areas, he said.
According to him, the plan drafted by the government has appointed nodal officers for different areas and they will be monitoring situation in case of emergency.
“Buses have been kept ready to ferry people to safer places and also boats have been loaded onto trucks,” Lone told Kashmir Reader.
He said SMC, irrigation and flood control department have been asked to stay vigilant and as many as 60,000 sandbags have been made available.
“The sandbags can be dispatched to any area if case of contingency,” he added. An official who was part of the meeting said they were strictly directed by the divisional commissioner Kashmir to ensure no breach in the plan. Also, health department has been asked to ensure availability of medicine and doctors. The power department was asked to ensure regular power supply to the vital installations such as water pumping stations.
Srinagar Municipal Corporation Dr Shafqat Khan said the civic body has pressed 80 water pumps into service to clear waterlogging in the city.
Khan said they have installed thirty-two mobile water pumps and six ‘suckers’ to clear the stagnant waters in submerged areas.
The police also established helplines across the valley for assistance to people in need. A police spokesperson said people are advised to call on 0193222870, 9419051940 in Anantnag, 01952237830, 9596767717, in Baramulla, 01951255207, 01951-255042 in Budgam, 0194-2416478, 0194-2416564 in Ganderbal, 01954-222312, 9596773025 in Sopore,
9906767076, 01955-262295 in Handwara, 01955-252451, 7051404938 in Kupwara, 9596767430 01957-225278 in Bandipora, 01931-260160, 9419041660, 7051510660 in Kulgam, 01933-261891, 9596768831 in Shopian, 9797220265, 01933-241986, 01933-241280 in Pulwama, 01933-247369 in Awantipora or Police Control Room Kashmir on 0194- 2506508 or dial 100.
Keeping in view the inclement weather conditions, Directorate Of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK) has constituted a Divisional & District level Control Rooms for the facilitation of healthcare services to the general public.
The health department also set up helplines asking people to call/SMS or Whatsapp for assistance.
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A senior government official said the measures were taken to prevent 2014 like situation, when the administration was caught unawares.