Disaster preparedness meet held in Baramulla

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BARAMULLA: Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr. Nasir Ahmad Naqash Sundaychaired a meeting of heads of various departments to review the overall disaster preparedness and flood-like situation in view of the incessant rains.
The meeting was attended by ADC Baramulla Farooq Ahmad Baba, ADC Sopore Ashiq Hussain Lilly ACR Bashir Ahmad Bhat, SE R&B, SDM Uri, SDM Gulmarg, CMO, CEO, Exens, Tehsildars and others concerned.
On the occasion, the DC exhorted upon all the concerned to remain stationed at the headquarters and not leave the station without his prior permission besides ensuring the attendance of their subordinate staff. He called for close coordination between the departments and other agencies to safeguard the precious lives and property.
He also directed the concerned to remain prepared to deal with any kind of eventuality that may arise due to inclement weather conditions.
It was informed that more than 80000 sandbags for Tangmarg area, 50000 sandbags for Sopore and a sufficient quantity have been facilitated for Baramulla besides other vital material and has been kept ready whenever required.
The DC pressed for making a list of vulnerable flood-prone areas, location of related infrastructure viz dozers, sandbags, boats, vehicles, dewatering pumps. He directed to regularly update the gauge level and to keep men and machinery ready besides identifying the vulnerable locations in the district.
Meanwhile, Dr. Naqash assessed the overall preparedness of concerned departments. He directed the concerned authorities to gear up their men and machinery and utilize the services of volunteers and organizations to take prompt action during the occurrence of any kind of eventuality.
He also called for close coordination between the departments to ensure timely rescue and rehabilitation. Moreover, he urged the people living along the embankments of river Jhelum, Nallahs or in the low lying areas to remain vigilant.