Srinagar- The J&K State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), 1st Battalion, Kashmir on Saturday held a flood preparedness mock drill in Dal Lake.
The Mock drill was held in collaboration with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and with the support of J&K State Emergency Operation Centre (JKSEOC), Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction and J&K Dragon Boat Association.
Speaking on the occasion, Firdous Iqbal, Commandant SDRF 1st Bn & Director Civil Defence J&K, said that the mock-drill has been organized to test the preparedness level of all the Response Teams, in the event of any flood like situation.
Piyoosh Routela, Executive Director Disaster Mitigation & Management Centre, Uttrakhand also participated in the mock drill and appreciated the preparedness level of the teams. The mock drill was conducted under the overall coordination of Rashad Khan, Deputy Commandant SDRF.
Firdous Iqbal also interacted with the J&K Dragon Boat team that won the Bronze Medal, in the recently concluded 9th National Dragon Boat Championship, at Alappuzha, Kerala.
Local inhabitants, particularly youth, living inside Dal Lake, actively participated in the Mock drill.
During the mock drill demonstration of boat collapse, rescue from drowning, boat rescue techniques and rescue from collapsed House Boat were also demonstrated. Emergency Rescue Methods & First Aid to be administered, for drowning cases was also demonstrated.
Those present on the occasion, included Er. Aamir Ali, Nodal Officer J&K SEOC, Dev Darshan, Deputy Commandant NDRF, Farooq Ahmed Bhat, Coach J&K Police Water Sports and J&K Dragon Boat Association.
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