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Community participation necessary during disaster to prevent untoward incident, says Revenue Minister

A demonstration on using how flood victims can use household things to reach a safe place, at an awareness programme in Madurai on Monday.

A demonstration on using how flood victims can use household things to reach a safe place, at an awareness programme in Madurai on Monday.  

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The Minister was speaking at a programme to create community-centric awareness on disaster prevention

Community participation with the government, is essential to manage any natural or human-made disaster and to prevent any untoward incident, said Minister for Revenue, Disaster Management and Information Technology R. B. Udhayakumar, on Monday.

The Minister was speaking during a one-day awareness programme organised by the Department of Revenue and Disaster Management to create community-centric awareness on how to prevent any man-made disaster and the steps that need to be taken during an emergency.

Though the officials tried hard, they were not able to rescue the two-year-old boy Sujith Wilson, who fell into an abandoned borewell in Nadukattupatti near Manapparai. If his parents had covered the abandoned borewell, such an incident wouldn’t have happened, he said.

Commissioner of Revenue Administration and Disaster Management J. Radhakrishnan, Agriculture Secretary Gagandeep Singh Bedi, District Collector T.S. Vinay, Director General of Police (Railways) and Director of Fire and Rescue Services C. Sylendra Babu also took part in the programme.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said that the government aims to prevent any untoward incident through public cooperation. “People must be aware of the situation and follow the guidelines of the government during any disaster,” he said.

The programme, which started in Madurai district on Monday, will be held in all districts in the State. Heads of various government departments, students, representatives from non- governmental organisations and self help groups participated in the programme.

There were also stalls set up by the Madurai Corporation, Indian Red Cross, Public Works Department, Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services, Tamil Nadu Disaster Response Force and other government departments, where equipment and machinery to be used during a disaster were exhibited. The departments also conducted demonstrations to depict how to handle any emergency. CDs with information on the ways to handle a disaster were also distributed.

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