Evacuation drill held at Panchsheel Inter College in Noida

The Disaster Management Cell (DMC) of Noida conducted an evacuation drill at Panchsheel Balak Inter College in Sector 91 on Monday. Students were trained to evacuate premises of schools and colleges in case of an emergency.

noida Updated: Feb 27, 2017 22:31 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
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Officials said the move was to create awareness among students about natural calamities and prepare them to deal with emergencies. This was the 10th such drill held across the city.

The Disaster Management Cell (DMC) of Noida conducted an evacuation drill at Panchsheel Balak Inter College in Sector 91 on Monday.

Officials said the move was to create awareness among students about natural calamities and prepare them to deal with emergencies. This was the 10th such drill held across the city.

The evacuation drill was held in collaboration with disaster management experts and Shuttl. Officials said they conducted a mock multi-disaster drill, which is to be conducted in the fourth week of April in 101 schools of Gautam Budh Nagar.

Around 400 students and 25 faculty members participated in the evacuation drill. The event was presided over by NP Singh, the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, besides senior functionaries of the district. Dr Kumar Raka, the planning specialist of the Disaster Management Cell, was also present and briefed the students.

He said that a school is a place where children of all age groups visit on a daily basis. During their stay, the safety and security of these children are among the first and foremost responsibilities of the respective heads of schools and the staff, he said.

“Every school must have a sound emergency response mechanism in place to effectively deal with the natural and human-induced disasters such as earthquakes, fires, stampedes or terror attacks,” he said.

Raka also added that in the recent past, schools in India have been affected by disasters. In 2001, 31 teachers died and 95 were injured, while 971 students died and 1,051 were injured in the Bhuj earthquake in Gujarat.

He said that the mega drill, to be organised in 101 schools, is in view of such situations. “A mock drill, simulating an earthquake of 6.5 or above on the Richter scale, will be conducted simultaneously in all schools. Students will be told how to safely evacuate the classrooms,” he said.

First Published: Feb 27, 2017 22:31 IST