JTFRP, RMSI Host Multiple Risk Assessment Workshop for J&K

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Coordination between key stakeholders in disaster risk reduction: experts

Srinagar: Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP) and RMSI Private Limited today organized a one-day workshop on Multiple Risk Assessment for Jammu and Kashmir at SKICC here.

Speakers highlighted the need to increase public awareness of disaster mitigation in addition to increasing their ability to respond quickly and effectively to a crisis or emergency.

The workshop was attended by Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, Managing Director, JKERA/JTFRP, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz, DIG Central Kashmir, Sujit Kumar, Deputy Commissioners of various districts and heads of other departments while DMRRR Secretary Nazim Zai Khan, World Bank’s Deepak Singh and other officers participated online.

The workshop brought together participants from Disaster Management Authorities, ERA, Irrigation and Flood Control, University of Kashmir, National Institute of Technology Srinagar, Police, fire and emergency and other allied departments on a single platform so that a coordinated mechanism is developed to reduce the social and economic fallout from a disaster. It further focused on enhanced cooperation and sharing of best practices between disaster management agencies and experts in the region for better use of the mitigation planning strategy in disaster management.

During his inaugural speech, the Director General of the Economic Reconstruction Agency, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, said that JK is an area prone to several disasters and the aim of the workshop is to create awareness on ways to minimize the social and economic impacts of a disaster.

He said the aim of the workshop is to shift the mindset from relief, rescue and rehabilitation to preparedness, prevention and mitigation. He said the government aims to shift attention from post-disaster management to pre-disaster risk mitigation to prevent loss of life and minimize the economic impacts of a disaster.

Stressing the need to integrate this discourse, he said the community must be taken into account for coordinated efforts and there is a need to integrate disaster mitigation efforts. He said that as JK is vulnerable to multiple natural hazards, the J&K government is taking several initiatives to improve UT’s disaster risk resilience, such as updating building codes, urban flood management and l mathematical study of the Jhelum and Tawi rivers. He said the drainage system has been increased and 49 dewatering stations in Srinagar have been upgraded.

Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Pandurang K Pole said there was a need to coordinate all departments and increase interaction in schools.

He added that the JTFRP has adopted an overview of all natural disasters at J&K which would be vital in strengthening disaster preparedness and mitigation at J&K.

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