ANANTNAG, OCTOBER 13: The District administration Anantnag today organized to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction to raise awareness on the importance of building more disaster resilient communities and to promote risk-awareness.
Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik was the chief guest on the occasion. The function was also attended by Tehsildar (Hqr) to DC, Tehsildar Anantnag, Deputy Controller Civil Defence & SDRF, Chief Warden and a large number of volunteers.
On the occasion, the DC said that the district is prone to multiple disasters and concerted efforts need to be made for disaster mitigation. He said that the unplanned settlements have, to a large extent, exacerbated the proneness of floods because of the encroachments on the main drainage systems. Climatic changes and other anthropogenic influences have further added to the risk.
“The purpose of observing this day is to sensitize the public about the capacity building methodologies that need to be adopted to minimize the impact of any disaster,” said the DC.
Regarding the involvement of the volunteers in the disaster management, the DC said that block and village level committees have been constituted where the volunteers can play a pivotal role in meeting any eventuality.
The Deputy Controller Civil Defence and Tehsildar (Hqr) to DC also spoke on the occasion and briefed about the mechanisms being conceived so as to make the existing system more robust and effective.
Later, a mock drill was also conducted wherein different aspects of risk reduction and disaster mitigation activities were undertaken.