NDRF conducts disaster relief exercise at Aadarsh Gaon

Singtam, 17 Apr:

Monsoon has a very worrisome track-record in Sikkim with the landslides and swollen rivers and jhoras punctuating the season with disasters and damage. Some advance preparations, even if by way of disaster drills are thus welcome in these pre-monsoon months.

Enthusiastic residents today witnessed a mock-drill of various techniques through which one can save lives and deliver first aid in case of emergencies when personnel of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), Kolkata, held an awareness camp at Aadarsh Goan, South Sikkim, on the Teesta’s shores across Singtam.

The area is vulnerable to fluctuations in Teesta’s water level, which sometimes are caused by rains and often made worse by discharge from reservoirs upstream.

“Since our area is close to the river, and with natural and man-made factors regularly affecting the river, it is important for all residents to be actively involved in such learning activities,” said Sundar Chettri, an Aadarsh Gaon youth.

Another youth, Krishna Bhandari has requested the Disaster Management department to take into account the entire stretch of the State along the Teesta that can be affected adversely if the river rises.

Some residents have also demanded proper communication between various disaster management agencies and the citizens for proper access to disaster utilities.

The NDRF can be contacted at their helpline number: 097110 77372

The program witnessed the participation of officials from NDRF, Panchayat members and locals.