Jammu, March 03: Minister for Disaster Management Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Javaid Mustafa Mir Saturday directed Divisional and District Disaster Management Authorities and all other line departments to take immediate precautionary measures in view of the ongoing weather conditions in the entire Jammu and Kashmir State.
The Minister stressed adequate emergency preparedness measures throughout the state so as to contain any potential damage to the minimum. He also directed to keep the residents of vulnerable areas informed regarding emergency procedures and ensure timely evacuations, wherever needed.
He further directed Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to review the measures being taken at the district level and also instructed Commissioner SMC to ensure that dewatering stations are functional so that people don’t face difficulties due to waterlogging.
Mir also appreciated the role of various line departments keeping their men and machinery active 24×7. Keeping in view the condition of the National Highway, he said people must follow the traffic plan and confirm the condition of the road from various PCRs established at various places for their assistance before leaving for the journey.
In view of the Medium level avalanche warning in some areas and the recent loss of lives due to avalanches, he said, people living in these avalanche prone areas should be restricted to visit such areas and urged people to follow the Avalanche warnings and other alerts to keep themselves and others safe. The minister said that the department of DMRRR issues warnings/alerts beforehand so that precious lives could be saved.