From Our Special Correspondent
Silchar, March 13: After carrying out awareness programme on disaster magement in the event of earthquake, the thrust is also laid on how to meet the threats to life and property by cyclone and flood. The time is well chosen in view of the impending monsoon which not only causes floods but also spells cyclonic disaster. This results in loss of crop lands, livestock, homesteads and precious human life, besides properties. In order to alert the people and keep them on their toes in the wake of tural calamities, the district disaster magement unit of Soi block of Cachar in collaboration with district disaster magement authority and district administration took up awareness programmes on Monday in 9 GPs to meet the twin threats.
According to Sukesh Tanti, the programme, the fourth phase, has covered Moniarkhal, Darmikhal, Rukkini, Palanghat, Mohankhal, Rammanikpur, Gangagar, Bhuvandahar and Bhuvan Hills. The awareness programme was extended all sorts of help and cooperation by the Moniarkhal Banishakti Club. The volunteers of this Club played an active role in organizing rallies and public meetings where GP presidents of respective areas along with senior citizens and teachers explained to the gathering how best preparations could be taken to avert and minimize the destructive effects of tural disasters. A sort of mock drill was also demonstrated for their visualization.
The rally brought out by different schools with the teachers, students, guardians and common people in and around, besides members of tea community, with placards helped in spreading the right message intended. The response from the people was quite enthusiastic and encouraging. Through this awareness programme, GP level committees were formed to involve more and more members to give a new direction and dimension to the campaign. In order to bring in more participation from students, related quiz competitions were organized. Ri Tanti who presided over the concluding function at Moniarkhal Tea Estate ME School said, “The awareness programme has evoked positive response and we are confident this will go a long way in preparing the people to meet the threats posed by tural calamities.” Deepshikha Das Purkayastha, teacher, explained the objectives of the programme. Paresh Tanti ably acted as programme coorditor.