Mega Mock Drill to check earthquake and landslide disaster preparedness in Srinagar


In order to verify the readiness to combat any natural disasters and assess the level of emergency response of Srinagar district to a disaster situation, a Mega Mock exercise was held on Wednesday here at Nigeen. Club.
The program was organized under the leadership of Deputy Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad by the Srinagar District Administration in collaboration with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Response Force ( SDRF) and Civil Defense as part of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’s activities.
Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad, who is also the chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority, chaired the mock exercise carried out by the NDRF and SDRF Rescue and Response Special Teams.
Commander, SDRF, Haseeb-ur-Rehman, Director of Disaster Management Amir Ali, Deputy Commander NDRF 13 Bn, MN Khana, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Hanief Balkhi, and other officers District administration superiors were present on occasion.
On occasion, a live demonstration of the emergency response system was given and the equipment / tools used in such a situation were displayed, while a disaster / earthquake-like situation was created on the premises of the Nigeen Club on the assumption that a natural calamity had occurred. . The NDRF and SDRF conducted the simulated rescue exercise following established procedure. Creating situations like reaching disaster victims, rescuing multi-story buildings, cutting walls, lifting heavy debris has been demonstrated by NDRF, SDRF, fire service personnel and using different techniques and tools.
While praising the efforts of stakeholders involved in the Mega Mock Drill exercise, the Deputy Commissioner said the motive was to make all relevant departments and agencies ready to deal with the earthquake situation or any other disaster situation. He said that Srinagar district is located in the IV and V of the seismic zone, which shows that the vulnerability to earthquakes in the district is severe. He said the exercise simulation is a learning exercise for all participating departments and agencies.
The DC appreciated the NDRF / SDRF for a well-coordinated exercise and said such mock exercises would go a long way in raising awareness and keeping stakeholders ready to face any eventuality.
Previously, the Deputy Commissioner visited various stands set up at the site and inspected the disaster communication and response drone system, medical base camp, logistics and staging area.