LIKABALI, Jul 9: A monsoon review and coordination meeting for Lower Siang district was held at the PWD Circuit House in Likabali on Friday. The session aimed to foster constructive interaction and disseminate information to develop a more effective District Disaster Management Plan.

Deputy Commissioner & chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority addressed officers from the ITBP, GREF, PGCIL, NHIDCL, and various district heads, emphasizing the need for strong coordination between civil and military administration to handle disaster situations more effectively. He advocated for meticulous planning mechanisms to minimize damages and stressed the importance of monsoon preparedness. He directed the District Disaster Management Officer & nodal officer to review and update the existing District Disaster Management Plan for 2023.

Colonel Rohit Bahl, OC of 519 SS&TC (GREF), highlighted the critical importance of managing equipment and handling disasters when telecommunications networks fail. He underscored the necessity of regular drills every two to three months and recommended liaising with local populations to familiarize themselves with disaster management activities.

Deputy Judge Attorney General of the ITBP Likabali, Sanjay Kumar Yadav, emphasized the need for an effective quick response team that can be activated promptly and coordinate with the army, paramilitary forces, and police during natural calamities.

ADC & Incident Commander (IRS) Likabali, Mokar Riba, stressed that the disaster management plan should be a continuous year-round activity and not limited to the monsoon season.

Earlier, DDMO Alokong Perme welcomed the members and presented the previous year's Disaster Management Plan for review. Constructive suggestions were sought from experienced members, including armed forces, to enhance the plan's effectiveness in handling disasters.

The meeting concluded with a call for ongoing improvements to ensure a vibrant and efficient disaster management system in Lower Siang.