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Mock drill on earthquake held across State

A mock drill held at the MMC Hospital, Guwahati as part of the Statewide exercise. – UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, Dec 20 - A two-day State-level mock exercise on earthquake management, organised by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in all 33 district headquarters, concluded today, stated a press release issued here.

In Guwahati, the exercise started with an earthquake scenario triggered at 10.15 am.

The drill was attended by Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi, Lt. General NC Marwah (retd), Member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Major General VK Datta (retd), senior consultant with the NDMA, Rajesh Prasad, CEO of ASDMA.

Officers from the Indian Air Force, Indian Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Director General Civil Defence and Home Guards Assam, Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Fire and Emergency Services, Assam Police, Assam Police Radio Organisation (APRO), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) also attended the drill.

Soldiers of the Indian Army’s Gajraj Corps and Red Horns Division also took part in the mock drills at Dispur.

Governor Mukhi praised the army’s disaster relief column of Chindit Battalion, which displayed its preparedness to carry out humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations.

Meanwhile, at selected venues in all the district headquarters – which included shopping malls, offices, public buildings and educational institutions – a mass casualty incident was simulated with over 30 injured people in each place.

The State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) was activated and members of the Incident Response Team (IRT) responded.

A staging area was designated and all the resources deployed for response were regulated from the staging area. An area was set up for the injured, where each victim was monitored by observers.

Some patients were transported by 108 ambulances to hospitals in a real-time scenario.

At the hospitals, an emergency plan was also set in motion, and doctors, nurses, paramedics were mobilised along with the equipment to accommodate the additional flow of patients.

The entire drill was monitored by external observers. At the end of the drill, a debriefing session was conducted with all the districts via video conferencing from the State headquarters to evaluate the gaps and gauge the preparedness.

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