Officials get lessons on managing disasters efficiently
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.