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LEH: District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Leh in collaboration with other agencies like J&K Police, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, ITBP, BRO, CRPF, etc. conducted a mock drill on disaster preparedness at Emergency Command Centre (ECC) near Council Secretariat Leh.
Four relief camps were also set up at different locations of the town including Food Craft Institute Takski Thang, Government Girls Higher Secondary School Leh, Elizer Joldan Memorial College Leh and Community Centre Tashi Thongsmon Choglamsar.
Chairman DDMA/ District Magistrate Leh, Avny Lavasa said the purpose of conducting these exercises is to keep a check on the emergency services.
“The civil helipad at the banks of Sindhu Ghat is also designated for use in case of emergency,” Lavasa said, adding that similar helipads at Diskit, Turtuk, Durbuk, and Nyoma are in process of trial landing to become fully functional to also be used during natural catastrophe.
She then gave directions to all the SDMs for similar exercises to be conducted in their respective sub-divisions on designated dates at Kharu June 22, Khaltse June 25, Saspol and Likir June 27, Nubra July 7, Tangtse July 14 and Nyoma on July 17.
Assistant District Magistrate, Leh, Moses Kunzang and District Informatics Centre Officer Paldan gave a detailed account of availability of communication, Internet connectivity, and other necessary requirements at the ECC centre to bring into use during disasters.
In the event of disaster the District Magistrate, SSP, representatives of hill council, district officers, Indian Army, Air Force, BRO, ITBP, etc shall assemble at the ECC which will thereafter serve as the nodal point for decision making, communication and coordination of various efforts towards disaster rescue, relief and rehabilitation. Tools and machines were on display at the ECC complex to be used during disaster by SDRF.
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