Simulating the 1897 earthquake that shook the entire Meghalaya state and its adjoining border, District Disaster Management Authority, NGH held a mock drill on earthquake and landslide in Resubelpara, North Garo Hills on Thursday.
The mock drill is a statewide exercise being executed in all the 12 districts in order to check the effectiveness of the plan and to prepare officials, citizens and all stakeholders to act in coordination, providing emergency support in times of disaster.
In Resubelpara, Dekachang field was enacted as a staging area where volunteers and officials assembled for briefing of the situation. Incidents of landslide, fire breakout, collapsing of infrastructures were staged at Resubelpara Community health Centre, Chibagok, Belpara Petrol Pump, Dekachang Bazar and RMSA school Resubelpara respectively. Search and Rescue operations were held in all the affected areas and persons with minor and major injuries were transported to the Medical Unit which was set up at Dekachang LP School.
All line departments of the district actively took part in the mock exercise fulfilling their respective roles and responsibilities as per norms of the Incident Response Team (IRT).
Another State Level Mock Drill simulating an 8.5 magnitude earthquake disaster was conducted in West Garo Hills.
The event was organised by the District Disaster Management Authority, Tura, in collaboration with the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF), New Delhi. The aim was to assess the disaster preparedness of medical and emergency services staff, the first responders in such emergencies.
The area falls under zone five, highly prone to earthquakes, making the drill essential for raising awareness and preparedness. The exercise included evacuation, search and rescue operations, and providing first aid, involving various departments and volunteers. A debriefing meeting followed, where officials shared their experiences and suggestions for improved disaster response coordination.