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Workshop on disaster management today

A DAYLONG workshop on disaster management will be organised by the City-based Disaster Management Institute in collaboration with Sahodaya Group of CBSE schools on January 9.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 22:49 IST

A DAYLONG workshop on disaster management will be organised by the City-based Disaster Management Institute in collaboration with Sahodaya Group of CBSE schools on January 9.

Senior faculty members from the 36 CBSE affiliated educational institutions would be participating in the workshop, which will be inaugurated by S N Mishra, Executive Director, Disaster Management Institute, at 10.00 am.

How safe are the places where our young minds spend their time in learning? Are these places prepared to face any of the disasters to which our country and State are prone?

Can we do more to make our educational institutions more disaster prepared? What should be done at various levels so that our educational institutions are made a safer place for our children? These are some of the questions that will be raised during the workshop, the organisers said.

On December 23, 1995, nearly 425 people, many of them schoolchildren, killed as they tried to escape the flames during a school prize giving ceremony in the town of Dabwali, Haryana.

A deadly fire that raged through Lord Krishna School killed 93 children, all below the age of 11 years. As many as 971 students and 31 teachers died in the 2001 Bhuj Earthquake. 1,884 school buildings collapsed, loss of 5,950 classrooms, 11,761 school buildings suffered major to minor damages, additional 36,584 rooms unfit for holding instruction sessions.

About 300 children marching in the Republic Day Procession in the narrow lanes were killed when buildings collapsed into the narrow street from both sides.

There were reports of children running towards the school building from the open ground fearing a bomb blast when the ground started shaking.

Similarly, a large number of children lost their lives during the Asian Tsunami and also more recently in South Asian earthquake.

Disaster mitigation preparations in educational institutes have become one of the most important aspects of safety and the workshop is aimed at preparing the faculty members of the CBSE schools for this.

First Published: Jan 09, 2006 22:49 IST