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Mega earthquake of 8 magnitude in Himachal to put Govt’s preparedness to test

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Earthquake in Himachal Pradesh in 2018

Shimla: An earthquake measuring 8 in magnitude on Richter Scale will occur at midnight on intervening nights of February 7 and 8, 2017 in Himachal Pradesh. The epicentre will be between Sundernagar and Mandi. The neighbouring States like Punjab will be worst hit after Himachal.  

 This is what the disaster management agencies will presume before conducting the fourth Mega Mock Earthquake exercise on February 8, 2018, in which all the 12 districts will participate, informed the Principal Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, Onkar Chand Sharma during the Orientation and Coordination Conference and Sensitization programme on Incident Response System (IRS)

 As reiterated several times, an organization of mock drills are required because Himachal is highly vulnerable to the earthquake as it comes under highly sensitive seismic zones IV and V.

Predicted Mega Himalayan Quake

During past decades, several national and international research institutes, geologists, and seismologists had been repeatedly warning about massive tectonic movement in seismically active 600 km long Himalayan belt. Entire Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be worst hit as they fall in seismic zone IV and VI. No expert is able to predict any date, but they have shown confirmation in their predictions based on various historical and contemporary data.

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 Mock exercises are conducted to help enhance strategies, level of preparedness and risk resilience of both the response teams as well as the general public. 

Objectives of the Mega Mock Drill

The objectives of these mock drills remain on generating awareness amongst all stakeholders, evaluate response mechanism and to find out strength and gaps in preparedness and mitigation. Other than that, the capacity building of local people and effective coordination between various agencies is also a major objective of the mock drill.

 Earlier such mock exercise was done in November 2016 in which seven most vulnerable districts i.e. Shimla, Kangra, Mandi, Chamba, Solan, Kinnaur and Kullu participated but this time all districts would be covered.

 Each district will conduct an exercise at minimum five places.

As effective areas for carrying out rescue, relief and mitigation work in each district various places such as residential, non-residential, hospitals, educational institutes and shopping complexes will be taken, informed the Special Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, D.C. Rana.

 Experts from National Disaster Management Authority will observe the entire exercise. 

Table Top Exercise will take place on February 07, 2018 at 11 AM onwards, and Deputy Commissioners of all districts will attend the exercise through Video Conference.

The State level Officers will be present at State Secretariat.

Earthquake scenario will be laid down in accordance with the studies of  IIT Mumbai, IIT Madras and NDMA.

 There is a visible need of involvement of the community as local people are the first responders in such circumstances as it takes time to the district and State authorities including National level teams to reach the incident place.

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 The government has suggested that the Disaster Management training will be incorporated into every training schedule of HIPA and other departmental training.

State Disaster Response Force and NDMA will provide all necessary assistance and specialized training for it.  Himachal is a Hilly State and landslides are frequent and NDMA has assigned IIT Mandi to undertake a pilot project for it, it was informed in the meeting.

 Senior Specialist NDMA, Major Gen  (Retd), Dr. V.K. Naik, gave a detail presentation on  Sensitization Programme on Incident Response System (IRS).

 If the Member NDMA, Lt Gen (Retd),  N.C. Marwah to be believed, Himachal has done remarkable work in the field of Disaster Management and is listed one of the best State in the Country in preparedness. 

The government claimed that the state has incorporated IRS in State Disaster Management Plan, which is very comprehensive and allied to National Disaster Management Plan.

 Senior officers of Army, NDRF, ITBP, SSB, Police, Deputy Commissioners, and Head of line departments were present in the meeting.

 

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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases

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COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh on november 10

Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

himachal pradesh -Update on covid-19 deaths

Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)

 

 

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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths till diwali

Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

Himachal Pradesh Record COVID-19 deaths

The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

Update Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 for november 10, 2020

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space

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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths in november 2020 f

On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

 

Himachal Pradesh covid-19 cases on november 10

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