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Community preparedness needed to tackle disaster: Guv

Observing that drastic climate change and changing weather patterns have increased the frequency and intensity of disasters, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao called for improving institutional and community preparedness to limit the damage.

Recalling the recent earthquake in Nepal, floods in Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand, the Malin landslide tragedy near Pune and the unseasonal rains in Maharashtra, the Governor said every organisation and housing society should have a functioning disaster management system in place.

He added that there should be a regulator to monitor and certify the readiness of institutions to tackle disaster.

The Governor was speaking after inaugurating a training programme on disaster preparedness, ‘Avhan’, at Birla Matishree Sabhagriha.

The SNDT Women’s University is hosting the programme this year. In all 1,050 NSS volunteers and 70 programme officers from all parts of the state will be undergoing 10-day training programme to be conducted by the National Disaster Response Force during May 25 and June 3.

Stating that community is the first responder in any disaster situation, the Governor expressed the need for creating awareness among citizens through disaster management education and training.

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