CS calls for developing monitoring system against natural disasters

ITANAGAR, 27 May: Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar on Thursday said it is important to develop a “real-time monitoring system for early warning signals” against natural disasters to prevent loss of lives and other damages.

Addressing an executive committee meeting of the disaster management department at the civil secretariat here, Kumar reiterated that Arunachal is vulnerable to natural disasters and calamities like landslides, flashfloods, cloudbursts, etc.

The meeting was attended by Principal Home Secretary Rajeev Verma, Principal Health Secretary Dr Sharat Chauhan, Food & Civil Supplies Secretary Jokey Angu, Disaster Management Secretary Dani Sulu, the disaster management director, and the SP in charge of the SDRF.

Kumar asked the State Disaster Management Agency to “use technology which could detect soil movement (in case of landslides) and give out advance warning signals,” and suggested that “some landslide-prone locations could be taken up on a trial basis.”

He asked the participants to collaborate with reputed institutes like the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, or others in this regard.

Setting up of a model regional relief centre and a state institute of disaster management was discussed in the meeting. Approval for release of funds to the deputy commissioners and the health services director for Covid-19 management activities, relief and response, etc, was also discussed. (CS’ PR Cell)