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Getting ready to cope with calamity

Jamshedpur will soon be better equipped to deal with flash floods and building collapse, thanks to the initiative of the district unit of Civil Defence.

According to a rough estimate, there are more than 200 highrises in the city and the number is set to increase with more multiplexes being constructed in different parts of the city.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Arun Kumar Srivastava, instructor-cum-training officer at the Jamshedpur civil defence unit, said they had sent two of their members for a week-long course in collapsed structure search and location at the National Civil Defence College (NCDC) in Nagpur.

“Two of our members — D.S. Mishra and Anurag Srivastava — have cleared the course and we used their services to train our local unit members along with some jawans of Rapid Action Force (RAF) at our office in Northern Town on Wednesday,” he said.

The weeklong training is being attended by 18 members of civil defence and 25 RAF jawans.

The course aims to impart training on methods to seek help from rescuers if one is trapped under debris.

“We teach personnel to instruct civilians ways to attract notice of rescuers if they are stuck under debris. This apart, personnel were also taught to remove debris and reach civilians through film shows and on various aspects of rescue efforts,” the official said.

The course on swimming and flash flood rescue would be organised in phases.

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