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Disaster training in Nagaland

Kohima, Feb. 18: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio was the chief guest of a training programme on Incident Response System and Simulation Exercise for officials of northeastern states at Chumukedima town in Dimapur district today.

Rio said the programme was aimed at helping the region prepare for the mega mock exercise that will be conducted by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in all states of the Northeast next month.

“The objective is to formulate an Incident Response System to minimise loss of life and property by strengthening and standardising the disaster response mechanism in the country. The idea is to establish an effective, efficient and comprehensive disaster response system by putting in place a well co-ordinated response mechanism at all levels of administration and reduce avoidable loss of life, damage to property. To effectively respond to large-scale disasters in the quickest and most co-ordinated way in terms of rescue, relief and also rehabilitation of the affected population,” he said.

Rio said the Northeast has a distinctive topography, different social profiles and various attendant vulnerabilities. Therefore, specific policies should be formulated and planned for disaster management in the region.

“Landslides, from small to major ones, keep occurring in the Northeast, disrupting vital lifelines for months, besides causing loss of life, destruction of infrastructure,” he said.

The chief minister said there had been a noticeable increase in the frequency of landslide and Nagaland had recorded 80 major landslides in the past six decades.

He also raised concern regarding forest fires, referring to the recent blaze at Mount Japfü near Kohima that razed an area of about 50 acres.

He lauded the efforts of all those who helped fight the blaze, including the Eastern Command of the Indian Air Force. For the first time in the country, helicopters were used to fight forest fire.