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NDMA will conduct mock drils on February 15

Posted on Dec 08, 12:10PM | UNI

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will conduct mock drills on February 15, 2013 in the northern region of the country to generate awareness among people about earthquakes.

The states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Union Territory of Chandigarh would be involved in these mock drills.

This was informed during a meeting of NDMA organised for awareness generation campaign under project 'Mw 8 Mandi Earthquake Scenario:Multi-State Exercise and Awareness Campaign' here today.

It was decided in the meeting that the mock drill would be held at Mohali, Panchkula, Chandigarh and Shimla at various locations like Bus Stand, Markets, Colleges, Schools, Administrative Offices and Railway Station.

The Indian Army would be requested for sending teams of observers at various venues for conducting independent third party audit of the mock drills. A major media campaign was also being launched for this purpose. Eminent personalities from entertainment industries and the sports world would be associated with the mock drills and the media campaign.

He said ground work for the forthcoming mock drills was initiated some six months ago in a series of meetings initiated between NDMA Vice Chairman Shashidhar Reddy and the Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Administrator, Chandigarh.

Earlier, the mega mock drill was held across the entire Nation Capital Territory of Delhi at more than 1000 locations on February 15, 2012.

It was informed in the meeting that a scenario has been developed by the NDMA and scientific experts in the field of earthquake engineering from IIT Bombay and IIT Madras for hypothetical earthquake of magnitude 8 with its epicenter at Sundernagar town in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.

The extent of shaking and consequent damages had been predicted for these states and Chandigarh. The National Disaster Management Authority along with the States of Haryana, Himachal, Punjab and UT had been working on enhancing the capacity of the people of these territories in managing various disasters in a professional manner.

This meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner UT Chandigarh, Mohammad Shayin, Special Secretary Revenue, DC(Hq) DDMA Mr. Kuldeep Singh Ganger, Senior Army Officers and experts from NDMA as well as senior officers from Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.