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An ‘ops room’ to manage flood relief

The Disaster Management State Control Room in the Secretariat ensures proper coordination between the stakeholders engaged in rescue-and-relief operations.

The Disaster Management State Control Room in the Secretariat ensures proper coordination between the stakeholders engaged in rescue-and-relief operations.  

24x7 control room in Secretariat acts as single-point coordination centre

The Disaster Management State Control Room set up in the Secretariat here has virtually become an emergency operation centre, responding immediately to distress calls from the flood-hit and for effective implementation of rescue-and-relief operations.

Housed in room 372 of the Main Block of the Secretariat that has the office of Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, the 24x7 control room swung into action from August 8 to ensure proper coordination among various stakeholders engaged in rescue-and-relief operations and in transportation.

Though rescue operations in flood-affected areas are almost over, the control room was still a beehive of activity on Tuesday for the post-flood relief operations with officials of various agencies busy with the task of ensuring that the relief materials reached the camps and the needy.

“Each relief operation is being monitored closely from the point of origin to the 3,594 relief camps set up in the State. Border-to-border pilot is also being provided to ensure that the relief materials reach the needy,” an official who is attached to the control room since it started functioning said.

Weather updates, inputs from various sources, and information on movement of relief materials by air, sea and road also pour into the control room for effective single-point coordination and to ensure that the needy gets assistance.

The toll-free numbers and landlines in the control room that were getting 300 to 400 calls daily are not that busy now, indicating completion of rescue operations. The wireless unit of the Kerala Police, managed by a six-member team, that functions from outside the control room is still busy.

Besides P.H. Kurian, Additional Chief Secretary and State Relief Commissioner, who heads the control room, Shekar L. Kuriakose, Head, State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), and Rekha Nambiar, Superintendent, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), are the key persons.

The Kerala Police team is lead by ADGP (Coastal Security) Sudheesh Kumar and assisted by Dy.SPs Sheen Tharayil and R. Dathan. Senior officers of the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, BSF, CRPF, Kerala Fire and Rescue Services, Revenue, and Motor Vehicles Department were all part of the team and are still playing an active role.

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