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Training programme for swimmers organised

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Draw inspiration from shepherd who saved precious human lives, Collector tells swimmers

Seethya Naik, the shepherd who saved several schoolchildren from drowning in the school bus mishap in Chandrugonda mandal in March this year, being felicitated by Collector Siddharth Jain at an awareness programme on disaster management in Khammam on Saturday. —PHOTO: G.N.RAO
Seethya Naik, the shepherd who saved several schoolchildren from drowning in the school bus mishap in Chandrugonda mandal in March this year, being felicitated by Collector Siddharth Jain at an awareness programme on disaster management in Khammam on Saturday. —PHOTO: G.N.RAO

In an initiative aimed at creating a resourceful pool of ace swimmers to avail their services during floods and other emergencies, the government agencies concerned have organised a training programme for young swimmers in life saving skills here on Saturday.

The move, an integral part of disaster preparedness strategy envisaging various flood management initiatives, assumed paramount significance in the backdrop of growing instances of drowning in the district.

As many as 14 tribal sub-plan mandals in the district have already been classified as flood-prone areas.

In this backdrop, a swimming training programme was conducted at the swimming pool located inside the Sardar Patel Stadium here on Saturday.

Noted swimming coach Raja Komuraiah of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) imparted the life saving skills to a group of youths at the swimming pool. The organisers conducted swimming competitions for them on the occasion.

Disaster management

Later, an awareness programme on disaster management with a thrust on preventing drowning deaths was organised under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sponsored Disaster Risk Reduction Programme at the TTDC Hall here.

Collector Siddharth Jain handed over prizes to the winners of the swimming competitions during the programme.

He also felicitated D. Seethya Naik, the shepherd who saved several schoolchildren from drowning in a tragic mishap involving a private school bus in Chandrugonda mandal in March this year. As many as eight children were drowned and nearly 25 others narrowly escaped from the mishap.

Mr. Jain exhorted the participants mostly comprising the youths from fishermen community to draw inspiration from Mr. Seethya Naik and use their expertise in swimming to save precious human lives. The services of swimmers are vital in preventing loss of life during situations like flash floods, he said calling upon the youths of the fishermen community to strive to excel in their financial self-reliance pursuits as well as in rendering timely services during flood emergencies.

Revenue Divisional Officer, Khammam, V. Venkateshwarlu, Municipal Commissioner B. Srinivas, Programme Officer (Disaster Management) Asha Latha, Assistant Director (Fisheries) Khadeer Ahmed and others were present.


  • 14 tribal sub-plan mandals in the district have been classified as flood-prone areas

  • Prizes given to winners of swimming competitions



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