Kohima, December 27 (UNI): The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Home Department has effective responded to many incidents of disaster in the state under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) with active participation from the district administrations.
According to official reports under the NDRF civil works were taken up to repair damages caused by natural calamities, according to the annual administrative report of the Home Department 2014-15. Some major works undertaken included; construction of damaged retaining wall caused by landslide at D Block colony, Kohima 2013, construction of retaining wall caused by landslides at Officers Colony, Wokha, 2014 and construction of Longleng-Aboi road via Yongnyah EAC HQ Road up to Alanglep bridge under Longleng district. The NSDMA was institutionalized as per the Central Disaster Management Act 2005.
The State Government of Nagaland recognized the need to adopt a pro-active sustainable approach to disasters management. Hence, the NSDMA came into being in the year 2011.
The initial institutional building of NSDMA was supported by Union MHA and UNDP under DRR project. The state Government notified the NSDMA Rules in the year 2008 and partial notification was made in the year 2011.
The report stated that disaster management involves a holistic approach to address any kind of disaster irrespective of its magnitude. Though the NSDMA was activated only in the recent past, the authority has accomplished many activities in different sector such as capacity building programmes, conducting mock exercise, awareness campaign with other stake holders and training officials from different departments within and outside the state.
One of the major achievements of the NSDMA is rising of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) from amongst the A Company of the Indian Reserve Battalion, District Executive Force and Village Guards. These trainings are an initiative undertaken by the NSDMA to be prepared for response in any disaster in the state. The subject of disaster management embraces different scopes of developmental issues. The NSDMA plans to undertake many activities in terms of capacity building, research and vulnerable risk assessment and also to respond to any event of disaster in the days to come with the motto Be aware and Be prepared, the report added.