14 tribal sub-plan mandals identified as flood-prone

Collector Siddharth Jain reviewed the disaster preparedness strategies with a thrust on flood management at a meeting held here on Saturday to ensure an effective response to cope with disasters more particularly flood emergencies.

The meeting was convened to chalk out arrangements in advance to put the disaster management mechanism in place in view of the ensuing monsoon season.

The meeting discussed the strategies to effectively implement mandal level disaster management plans prepared under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sponsored Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programme.

The officials of the DRR programme apprised the meeting that 14 tribal sub-plan mandals in the district were identified as flood-prone. Of them eight mandals are in Bhadrachalam division and six are in Palvancha division.

They further said Kunavaram mandal was prone to heavy submergence and 19 villages in the mandal warrant special attention in provision of relief and rescue operations.

Mr Siddharth Jain asked the heads of the government departments and agencies concerned to make appropriate arrangements in advance and maintain a high state of operational preparedness during the ensuing monsoon to effectively deal with any kind of emergencies.

He asked the officials to keep at least 18 motor boats as well as adequate number of country boats ready for deployment at any time after the commencement of rainy season to meet exigencies.

Top priority should be given to involve the elected representatives of the local bodies, including and all other stakeholders in the implementation of the mandal-level disaster management plans for preventing loss of life and property in the event of floods in the vulnerable areas, he said and noted that the services of the police and the CRPF personnel can also be availed if the situation warranted.

ITDA Project Officer Praveen Kumar urged the employees of the government departments concerned to refrain from taking leave during the crucial monsoon season. They should remain available at their place of posting to render timely services and tackle exigencies if any, he said. Joint Collector M M Naik and others spoke.