Hailakandi: The Phase I Round 2 of Peer Groups training for secondary school students on disaster safety techniques under the National School Safety Policy is underway in Hailakandi district.
Conducted by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority in association with the District Disaster Management Authority, 10 students each from 12 secondary schools have been selected to undergo training at the Government VMHS School. Training will be conducted on a three-day safety module covering four batches consisting of 30 students each. The training will culminate on August 3 during the summer vacation. Civil defense personnel will conduct the training.
CEO, DDMA, RK Dam inaugurated the training program in the presence of officials of disaster management, education officials, school teachers, and students. The ASDMA has already covered 14 districts in the first round of training while in the second round 19 districts are being covered, including Hailakandi district. Schools with GPS coordinates considering its susceptibility to floods, accessibility during floods or vulnerability to other hazards have been selected for the purpose, stated a press release.
Floods can also occur in rivers when the flow rate exceeds the capacity of the river channel, particularly at bends or meanders in the waterway. Floods often cause damage to homes and businesses if they are in the natural flood plains of rivers. While riverine flood damage can be eliminated by moving away from rivers and other bodies of water, people have traditionally lived and worked by rivers because the land is usually flat and fertile and because rivers provide easy travel and access to commerce and industry.