HRVA report for Shillong city released

SHILLONG: Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills, Matsiewdor War released the report on Multi-Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA) of the Shillong Municipal Area (East Khasi Hills) on Monday.

Speaking at the Training Programme on Incident Response System (IRS) for the Incident Response Teams (IRTs) of Shillong city, she said the HRVA will also be extended beyond Shillong city.

She expressed hope that the participants at the programme will put their training to proper and actual use.

The Training on IRS for the Incident Response Teams (IRTs) of the seven zones of Shillong city can draw from the HRVA Report as the latter identifies the particular Risks and Vulnerabilities of the different areas of the city.

The IRTs designated for each of the seven zones, can take into cognizance these particular vulnerabilities and work out specific modalities for quick and effective response for the same based on the Incident Response System.

The Multi- Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Analysis (HRVA) for the municipal area of the city of Shillong, Meghalaya has been carried out as part of this on-going USAID-GOI-UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Programme and is aimed at strengthening the institutional structure to undertake disaster risk reduction activities at various levels, and develop preparedness for recovery.

The report assesses hazard risks with a focus on climate-related hazards and how they are likely to get impacted by climate change

The time-bound project (2016 -2020) is being implemented by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), East Khasi Hills, Shillong and monitored by the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), Meghalaya.

The overall goal of this project is to reduce the natural disaster vulnerability of urban population, infrastructure, lifeline and shelter facilities through risk sensitive planning.

The Incident Response System is a standardized disaster response mechanism for effective, efficient and comprehensive management of disasters in India. The vision is to minimize loss of life and property by strengthening and standardizing disaster response mechanism in the country.

IRS provides a systematic, proactive approach guiding the concerned departments and agencies at all levels of government, the private sectors and non-governmental organizations to work flawlessly in disaster situation.  

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