Moving ahead from disaster mitigation to risk reduction: Joseph Pauline


Imphal, the 20th April, 2018 (DIPR): Director, Relief and Disaster Management, Government of Manipur, Shri Joseph Pauline said that the department is taking initiative for the paradigm shift in disaster management from relief centric to a holistic one. Improving the system and processes for disaster management encompassing prevention, mitigation, preparedness and risk reduction, the department is moving ahead from disaster mitigation to risk reduction.

The Director was interacting with media personals today during the second session of the Series of Press Conference of Head of Departments for highlighting the activities and achievements of the Government of Manipur held at DIPR complex, Moirangkhom, Imphal.

The Department of Relief & Disaster Management set up in 2006 as per the Disaster Management Act, 2005 deals with all matters related to natural calamities & relief measures, disaster management and civil defence. The Department has also notified State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), a standing specialised force, to performed Search and Rescue, administering of First Aid to victims in any eventuality during calamities/disasters. SDRF, Manipur has now 112 personnel who are fully trained in specialised course.

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Joseph Pauline also maintained that the department had imparted training to around 6000 peoples including Municipal Councillors, Members, Village Chiefs, educated youths, nurses, engineers, community based organisations, NCC, NSS, Scouts, ASHA, Women organisation,etc. during the year 2017-18. The training were focus on Basic training, Comprehensive landslide, Cyclone, Earthquake Resistant construction and Retrofitting, Climate change adaption, mock exercises,etc.

He also stated that the Government of Manipur has constituted the Manipur State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Manipur and State Executive Committee (SEC) with Chief Secretary, Manipur as the chairman at the State Level and also District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs)  in all districts with the Deputy Commissioners of the concerned district as chairman. Apart from this, State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) and District EOC functioning 24×7 are also  being set up at the State and District level respectively, he added.

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Staff Officers (Training), Directorate of Civil Defence, Department of Relief and Disaster Management, Md. Ayub Khan said that Manipur, lying in Zone-V of the Earthquake Zone List, has the risk of high magnitude earthquake in future due to the plate movement of Indian and Eurasian plate and so the department has focussed on giving training on earthquake like first aid, strategies to face disasters at town level in all districts of the state.

Documentation Cum Research Officer, Department of Relief and Disaster Management, Shri AK. Ranjitkumar Singh said that assistance from Air Force are taken to give relief, necessary food, medical support to the victims of disasters. Assistance are also given for the damaged crops and supports to start a new living after disasters. Research and survey are also done during disaster with Deputy Commissioners of concerned district as Nodal Officers.

The State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) had released fund to districts amounting to Rs. 1060 lakhs including Rs. 140 lakhs for Imphal West, Rs. 120 lakhs for Imphal East, Rs. 130 lakhs for Thoubal District, Rs. 60 lakhs for Kakching, Rs. 90 lakhs for Bishnupur, Rs. 60 lakhs for Senapati, Rs. 50 lakhs for Kangpokpi, Rs. 70 lakhs for Tamenglong, Rs. 80 lakhs for Churachandpur, Rs. 70 lakhs for Chandel, Rs. 70 lakhs for Ukhrul, Rs. 30 lakhs for Tengnoupal, Rs. 30 lakhs for Noney, Rs. 30 lakhs for Pherzawl and Rs. 30 lakhs for Kamjong during the flood and landslide accompanied by Mora Cyclone during 2017-18.

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During the interaction, the officials of the Department appealed to the public to take  serious concern on matters on how to minimize the damages caused by natural calamities while constructing houses, dams and other buildings. Consultant, Department of Relief and Disaster Management, Shri K. Chandrasekhar Singh also attended the press conference held at DIPR Complex.


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