District administration Samba today finalised the anti-flood action plan to meet any eventuality during the upcoming monsoon season.Deputy Commissioner, Samba S Rajinder Singh Tara chaired the meeting which was attended by ADC, SDM, Executive Engineer Flood Control Division, Engineers and officers of I&FC, Town Drainage Division, PDD,EOs Muncipalties, BSNL, R&B, RDD, Education, Medical, ARTO, representatives of SDRF , civil Defence and officers from army and BSF.Deputy Commissioner reviewed the department wise preparedness with regard to stocking of essential commodities, medical facilities, ambulances, dewatering pumps, rescue vehicles, tents and arrangements made by PHE, Medical and Police departments to meet the challenges.The meeting was informed that a control room has been set up from July 1, 2018 to September 30th at Flood Control division Samba with contact numbers 01923-243248, 94196-64262 to remaim functional round the clock to monitor the situation and for timely coordinated action.Technical Officer of flood control division Samba (Contact number 94191-86359/90551-33531) will be nodal officer of the control room.The DDC asked Flood Control Department to monitor all embankments in the flood prone areas and take advance measures to plug possibility of breach of protection bunds.
The officers of Army, Civil Defence were directed to keep their men and machinery ready including tents, sand bags, ropes, boats and helicopters, life jackets besides stretchers, emergency lights for carrying out rescue operations.The DDC called for maintaining close coordination among the departments and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) for quick response to the situation emerging due to heavy rains and other eventualities. The meeting discussed in detail the precautionary measures to be taken in the flood prone areas particularly along River Devak, Basantar flood channels and numerous local nallahs.The DDC directed flood control department to strengthen communication system. He stressed upon forecasting, gathering of Information and dissemination of information to the general public. He asked flood control department to share forecasting information well in advance with security forces. He further asked police to make action plan for traffic management. He directed ARTO to make transport plan for evacuation in case of any emergency. He further directed EOs of all Muncipalties for de-silting of drainages and removal of polythene to avoid water logging.The DDC directed concerned officers for identification of educational institutions, Panchayat Ghars and community halls to accommodate evacuated people if required.