Amid the growing threat of landslides in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has planned to provide disaster management training to people living in landslide-prone areas.
The civic body’s Disaster Management Unit said that since many of these landslide locations have access issues and nearby residents are first responders in the event of a disaster, their training will help save lives and evacuate in a timely manner.
Last year, in two separate landslides in Vikhroli and Chembur, 29 people lost their lives and several others were injured. This year, the company said 72 locations fall into a highly vulnerable category.
Director of BMC’s Disaster Management Cell, Mahesh Narevekar, said given the challenges of the rescue operation, evacuation and relocation of residents living in landslide-prone places, the The civic organization planned to reach these places and give them training.
“Most of the areas identified as prone to landslides do not have adequate access for machinery and rescue teams. For example, Bharat Nagar in Chembur and Ambedkar Nagar in Malad in the east where many lives lost in the disaster were inaccessible to life saving appliances. This also leads to a delay in obtaining help from the authorities.
To address this issue, disaster management staff from the civic body will approach residents and train them on how to respond to such events,” Narvekar said during the two-day consultative workshop on disasters. “floods in Mumbai” at the Sahyadri Guest House in Malabar. Hill.
The event was organized by World Resources Institute (WRI) India and BMC as the Mumbai Climate Action Plan has listed landslides as one of the threats due to climate change.
By 2021, the BMC had identified over 290 landslide prone areas in Mumbai. Narvekar said the BMC will also seek help from civil societies and local groups to train these vulnerable populations. The initiative is scheduled to begin on May 15.
After the Chembur and Vikhroli incident, the state government has formed a committee under the leadership of a professor from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai which is preparing a comprehensive plan to deal with disasters in the areas. prone to landslides and verify the feasibility of rehabilitation.
Narvekar during the discussion said that given the increase in extreme weather events and disasters, the city also needs a backup plan for power generation.
“The issue of backup power hasn’t come up a lot. So it requires a study to create a backup plan,” he said.
He said the municipal corporation is also updating its mobile app where citizens will soon receive alerts about heavy rains, floods and rising temperatures.