District Development Commissioner Kathua Ramesh Kumar convened a meeting to review anti-Flood Measures in the district at Conference Hall in Mini Secretariat Complex in Kathua today. Preparedness cum rescue plan was discussed in the meeting wherein DDC called for coordination between the departments and other agencies to safeguard the precious lives and property. Under the plan a control room will be set up from 1st July at District Police Lines to monitor the situation and for timely coordinated action. To ensure timely communication of the instructions and advisories police department was asked to keep ready wireless sets at six flood prone areas viz Panjtirathi-Billawar, Jakhol, Flood Control Gauge Reader Hut near National highway Rajbagh Bridge, Mukhandpur, Korepunnu and Keerian Gandyal.
DDC pressed for making list of vulnerable flood prone areas, location of related infrastructure viz dozers, sandbags, boats, divers, swimmers, vehicles, dewatering pumps besides telephone numbers of in-charge of related department and agencies. He also called for close coordination between the departments to ensure timely rescue and rehabilitation. He also directed for identifying areas prone to land sliding for making adequate arrangements well in advance. The DDC called upon flood control department to make a social media group for regular updation of water levels of key nallah and tributaries besides early dissemination of information of surplus discharge of Ravi River by UBDC authorities. Educational institutions like schools and colleges and Panchayat Ghars have been identified in Kathua and Hiranagar town to accommodate evacuated people if required. The officers of Army, CRPF and Civil Defence were directed to keep their men and machinery ready including tents, sand bags, lantern, petromax, dozer, ropes and life jackets besides stretchers, emergency lights, Shovels and Blankets whereas department of mechanical irrigation construction division Jammu will provide dewatering pumps for identified low lying areas in the town. XEN Town Drainage was directed to de-silt all drainage especially low lying areas of the town so that water logging can be taken care before the rainy season.
CMO Kathua was detailed to make duty roaster in all health institutions, besides making provision for medicine, anti snake kits, first aid and chlorine tablets