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IERS to come into force in city soon

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Hyderabad: An Integrated Emergency Response System (IERS), which is in use in developed countries, will come into force in Hyderabad as a pilot project soon.

The IERS will facilitate all concerned to take preventive measures in advance in case of any emergency situations arising out of cyclones etc.

The IERS will later spread to all over India.

An agreement, which was signed by India and the United States when US President Barrack Obama was in New Delhi, also included Disaster Management and eight US scientists were further expected to visit Hyderabad in July to further explore on the subject.

Disaster management, police, health emergency and fire accidents were to be addressed by the IERS and efforts were on to bring all the cited four subjects under one umbrella to provide faster solution to the affected, informed Revenue Minister N Raguveera Reddy to media persons at the Secretariat on Thursday.

Besides this, 800 automatic weather stations have already commenced and another 320 more such stations would be in place in this month ending, Mr Raghuveera Reddy disclosed.

In two years, some selected fishermen would be trained to meet any eventualities, he added.

The estimated cost on such training could be around Rs 3 crore. This was found essential in the light of natural calamities affecting the coastal belt every year.

Over 500 villages on the coastal side have been identified as vulnerable to the cyclones and 1000 shelters have already been constructed and 158 more would be built. These shelters would as well function as multipurpose community shelters to provide relief to the cyclone-affected people.

The district administration particularly the top brass was expected to review the situation every Monday henceforth to make advance arrangements in case of any sudden natural disaster striking the region.

The Minister, who had a review meeting with the Heads of Departments concerned, directed them to be in defence preparedness to minimize losses on all fronts.

They would be held responsible for any omissions and commissions. A GO was also issued to appoint senior IAS officers as Special Officers to monitor the situation in the Coastal areas.

The senior IAS officers who had earlier worked as district collectors would be chosen as special officers.

A decision was also taken to stock up rice, sugar, kerosene and other essential commodities including drugs and vaccines.

Similarly Rs 15 crore has been sanctioned to remove the weeds in the fields to provide relief to the farmers.

Normal rainfall was indicated and indications were such that last June 12.3 MM rainfall was recorded as against 30.7 MM rain recorded this year.

All the heads have been told to take precautionary measures to meet any eventuality.(INN)

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