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Silchar buckles up to celebrate International day for Disaster Reduction

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) of Cachar district is all set to celebrate the International day for Disaster Reduction to be held on Friday, October 13. An elaborate program has been taken up by the SDRF in a bid to sensitise, aware and train the people on how to respond in a situation of disaster. Disaster management has become one of the most important priorities as the Northeastern zone is a disaster prone zone with frequent floods and earthquake.

A full fledged demonstration on disaster management will be organised on Friday for the people to know necessary skills to save, not only their own but, other lives too. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) have extended full cooperation to help build an expert task force of people who exactly have full understanding and skill to respond in such situations.

On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the NDRF and ASDRF will hold mock drills at various places of the town and sensitise the people on disaster management. The program will be inaugurated at the District Library in the morning hours. Amongst the dignitaries present will be Deputy Speaker of state legislative assembly Dilip Kumar Paul, PWD Minister Parimal Shuklabaidya and legislators from across the district.

The program will also hold a high level discussion on the topic, Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement. This was informed by Professor Ashimkanta Dey, Dr Ratna Huiram, Dr K Katirasan. The mock drill and demonstration program will create a mock-earthquake situation by alarming sirens and creating confusion at four places simultaneously, namely Goldighi Mall, Tarapur Kendriya Vidyalaya, Don Bosco School and District library with an aim to check the disaster management abilities of the authorities and demonstration on management. The drill will include the NDRF, SDRF, Assam Rifles, Fire station, Traffic and police authorities.

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