Govt prepares to meet emergency situation

Govt prepares to meet emergency situation

He also directed SDM to prepare a fresh list of villages likely to be affected in the eventuality of a complete breach of the artificial dam.

As the water level in the Tserab river in Zanskar area here goes up, the state government is busy in taking measures to minimise the disastrous impact in case the barrier breaches suddenly and hits the areas downstream.

The Deputy Commissioner Kargil, G Prasanna Ramaswamy along with Executive Councillor of Zanskar Affairs LAHDC, Skalzang Wangyal aerially surveyed the site of the massive landslide on Tserab river near Shun village in Zanskar sub division here to assess the threat posed by artificial dam and the 14 km long reservoir formed by river-block and to prepare for the visit of National Disaster Management team later this month.

Later, DC Kargil held an emergency review meeting at Padum which was attended SDM, Rajesh Basotra; SHO Padum; Assistant Director Tourism Zanskar; BMO Zanskar; SDAO BSNL Zanskar and others besides Indian Army and Air Force officers.

The Deputy Commissioner directed SDM Zanskar and BSNL authorities to make sure that the 24-hrs emergency response centres at Padum and Phuktal (near the land slide site) are fully staffed and functional. 

He also directed SDM to prepare a fresh list of villages likely to be affected in the eventuality of a complete breach of the artificial dam. 

Ramaswamy also sought opinion of Army and Air Force officers regarding emergency preparedness and called upon them to work in tandem with the civil administration in preparing for the emergency caused due to landslide.  

The meeting was part of a larger exercise involving district administrations of Kargil, Leh, National Disaster Management Authority, Indian Army and Air Force to prepare for an emergency rescue and relief operation in case of a breach in the dam and to find ways to avert the threat posed by the reservoir.