Guwahati: On the occasion of 10th Foundation Day of Assam state Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the authority released Assam River Atlas and River Atlas Portal on Tuesday at Assam Secretariat.
Commemorating the Foundation Day, ADSMA organized two events of “Knowledge Sharing Session” on flood Warning System (FLEWS) and a mock drill at the Secretariat.
The maps prepared under the River Atlas can be digitally viewed through the Portaland one can get finer details about the rivers along with various other features such as roads, railway lines, bridges, embankments, and other important features.
Information available in the River Atlas and River Atlas Portal will be useful for work executing bodies like Water resources department, FREMA, and Brahmaputra Board etc, for carrying out planning activities and for river specific and scientific and engineering studies.
Welcoming the guests during the Knowledge Sharing Session, Gyanendra Dev Tripathi, lAS, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ASDMA, gave an overview of the decadal journey of ASDMA, Avinash PD Joshi, lAS, Principal Secretary, Revenue & DM Department delivered the key note address and urged ASDMA and the Departments of the State Government to put more emphasis on preparedness and mitigation measures while improving effective response to the possible disaster that may impact the State.
In his address, the State Chief Secretary urged upon ASDMA to focus on all the disasters including COVID-19 and other man-made disasters, which may affect people in broader sense. Remembering about the 1950 Earthquake in Assam and Gujarat Earthquake in 2001, Jishu Barua says about the importance of ASDMA in the State. He also praised ASDMA for its services in managing the Flood and other disasters in the State in the grass root level also. Further, he also emphasized on strengthening the capacity of ASDMA in order to tackle any kind of disaster related eventualities.