Alarm system in landslide-hit schools

- RISHI RAM POUDYAL, Damside (Sindhupalchok)
Alarm system in landslide-hit schools

Aug 23, 2014-

A siren-networking system has been installed in nine schools affected by the recent landslides in Sindhupalchok district to warn about impending disasters.

The District Education Office (DEO) led the initiative to install the alarm system which will allow the inflow of early warning messages along with updated status on dammed lake.

“As a part of the siren system, each school has been provided with a mega telephone set and a siren installed with a microphone system. The students and teachers have been taught how to identify the alarms,” said Krishna Acharya of Ban Sanghu Secondary School. The school lost 31 of its students in the August 2 landslide.

The alarm system installation was assisted by Save the Children. Hemanta Dangol of Save the Children said with the siren-networking system in place, the students and teachers will not have to fear about any future disasters while at school.

A student and a teacher from each of the nine schools will be nominated focal persons for their schools and they will coordinate the information sharing mechanism.

The DEO, with the help of various organisations, decided to work on siren-networking after the parents stopped sending their children to school for fear of another landslide.

According to the DEO, schools located along the Sunkoshi river, starting from Damsite to Sukute, are most vulnerable to flooding because of the artificial lake caused by the landslide.

Chief District Officer Gopal Parajuli said the water level in the dammed lake is decreasing and they have taken the necessary measures to protect the people. He said security personnel are working to drain the lake and the Department of Road is constructing diversion route to resume transportation.

Published: 24-08-2014 09:12

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