Of­fi­cials get lessons on man­ag­ing dis­as­ters ef­fi­ciently

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mohiuddin Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A two-day work­shop on In­ci­dent Re­sponse Sys­tem (IRS) gave of­fi­cials an in­sight into how to re­act dur­ing a dis­as­ter.

Held at NMMC head­quar­ters in CBD Be­la­pur on Fri­day and Satur­day, the work­shop was jointly or­gan­ised by NMMC, Ma­ha­rash­tra State Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Author­ity and UNDP Yashada.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe high­lighted the im­por­tance of dis­as­ter man­age­ment. “Tak­ing into ac­count the is­sue of dis­as­ter con­trol into con­sid­er­a­tion, it is im­por­tant that we plan not only for ac­tion af­ter an in­ci­dent. There has to be plan­ning to cover all as­pects of pre-in­ci­dent, dur­ing the in­ci­dent and post-in­ci­dent,” he said.

He added, “If the in­for­ma­tion given is taken pos­i­tively and im­ple­mented prac­ti­cally, it will prove very use­ful for en­sur­ing proper man­age­ment dur­ing any emer­gency.”

Mundhe said, “Co­or­di­na­tion and con­tact are two very cru­cial as­pects of dis­as­ter man­age­ment and have equal im­por­tance. Hence, though there may be sev­eral agen­cies work­ing dur­ing an emer­gency, there should be one head and the re­lief work should be taken up as per the or­ders of that chief. It will en­sure proper re­lief work and re­solve the prob­lem at the ear­li­est.”

He added, “Re­sponse time is the most im­por­tant in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions and has to be kept at the bare min­i­mum. Dis­as­ter man­age­ment is all about be­ing ready to the fullest for the most se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tions.”

The mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner said that work was in progress to set up dis­as­ter man­age­ment cen­tre in ev­ery node. “These will be ready soon,” he said.

Ap­pre­ci­at­ing NMMC for be­ing the first mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion to or­gan­ise a work on In­ci­dent Re­sponse Sys­tem, Yashada dis­as­ter man­age­ment cen­tre di­rec­tor colonel VN Su­panekar said, “IRS will be use­ful not just dur­ing emer­gen­cies but will also help bet­ter day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties.”

So­la­pur ad­di­tional dis­trict col­lec­tor Pravinku­mar Devre gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on the IRS plan­ning that goes into the Pand­harpur ya­tra for which thou­sands of devo­tees throng ev­ery year.

Two days af­ter a woman in Thane’s Padgha was in­jured af­ter open­ing a chem­i­cal­fit­ted bot­tle that was de­liv­ered to her son, it has come to light that she has lost her left hand.

The po­lice are yet to trace the cul­prit.

On Tues­day last week, a small gift-wrapped bot­tle was left on a bike be­long­ing to the 45-year-old vic­tim, Rekha Gharat’s younger son. He brought it home, but told his mother not to open it. On Thurs­day, Rekha tried to open it, when it ex­ploded. The blast sent par­ti­cles fly­ing into her eyes and has cost her, her left hand.

A po­lice of­fi­cer from the Padgha po­lice sta­tion said they ini­tially thought it was a gas cylin­der blast. “But when Rekha’s son de­scribed how he got the bot­tle, we alerted our se­nior of­fi­cers. A spe­cial team and bomb squad have col­lected and are analysing the ma­te­ri­als used,” the of­fi­cer said.

“We have de­ployed of­fi­cers in the area to catch the ac­cused. We have alerted other po­lice sta­tions about the in­ci­dent and sent a sam­ple of phys­i­cal ev­i­dence to a lab,” the of­fi­cer said.

Rekha was ad­mit­ted to KEM hos­pi­tal soon af­ter and has been op­er­ated on. “On Thurs­day, I opened the bot­tle. There was a loud sound. For a minute, I was blank and when re­gained con­scious­ness, I was in ter­ri­ble pain and re­al­ized my left hand was gone,” Rekha said.

The of­fi­cer said the po­lice has de­tained a few sus­pects.

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