City mock drill exposes crucial loopholes

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Dec 05, 2012 01:04 IST
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    A fire fighter participating in a mock drill in Lotus Temple in New Delhi. HT/M Zhazo

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    Volunteers pretending to be injured persons are taken away in an auto-rickshaw during a mock drill session at Jhandewalan Metro Station in New Delhi. PTI ...

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    A rescue personnel is seen giving first aid to a woman pretending to be injured during a mock drill session at the Jhandewalan Metro station ...

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    People pretend to be injured during a mock drill session at the Jhandewalan Metro station in New Delhi. HT/Ajay Aggarwal

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    Volunteers pretending to be bomb blast victims, sit on the stairs of a metro station during a mock drill session in New Delhi. AP Photo

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    A rescue team attend to a man pretending to be injured during a mock drill session at Burari ground, New Delhi. HT/Nadeem Hassan

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    A security personnel carries a man out pretending to be injured during a mock drill session at Burari ground, New Delhi. HT/Nadeem Hassan

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    A woman pretends to be dead during a mock drill session at Burari ground, New Delhi. HT/Nadeem Hassan

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    A woman pretends to be dead during a mock drill session held at Birla Vidya Niketan, New Delhi. HT/Sunil Saxena

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    Volunteers and paramilitary personnel run as a firecracker is set off to simulate the scene of a bomb explosion in a metro station during a ...

Chaos marked the mock drill held across Delhi on Tuesday to test the medical response time in the event of an earthquake, fire and bomb blasts.

Though various agencies — police, fire services, hospitals, paramedics and civil defence volunteers — were quick to respond, lack of coordination at some places was evident.

The drill, held during 11.30am-1.30pm, was conducted at 33 locations, including schools, markets and cinema halls. More than 4,800 people participated and 555 vehicles were used in the drill. All major government and private hospitals also took part.

“More ambulances are needed to handle the injured, and better communication is required between agencies,” Dr George P Abraham, president, Indian Institute of Emergency Medical Services, said.

 

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