Post-Zanskar landslide, DC Kargil chairs an emergency review meeting

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KL Report

SRINAGAR

The Deputy commissioner Kargil, G Prasanna Ramaswamy, along with the Executive Councilor, Tourism, Power and Zanskar Affairs, LAHDC, KARGIL, Skalzang Wangyal aerially surveyed the site of the massive landslide on the Tserab river near Shun village in the Zanskar Sub Division of Kargil District  to assess the exact threat posed by the artificial dam and the 14 km long artificial reservoir formed in the wake of the landslide and to prepare for the visit of the National Disaster Management Team later this month.

The visit was followed by an emergency review meeting at Padum, Zanskar chaired by the Deputy Commissioner in the presence of the EC, Zanskar Affairs.

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

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate Zanskar was directed to prepare a list of contact persons in the villages likely to be affected in order to prepare a foolproof emergency evacuation and relief plan.

The Deputy Commissioner also suggested the constitution of an organization of public representatives representing members of the civil society of Zanskar to co-ordinate with the civil administration in the event of the sudden breach of the blockage in the river Tserab.

The Deputy Commissioner Kargil assured the people of Zanskar that every possible action shall be taken by the administration to ensure the safety of the people and appreciated the assistance accorded by the Indian Air Force for the purpose.

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