As the monsoons approach and flood prone areas in Bihar brace for another round of seasonal pain, some 250 youth and women from the poorest and disaster-prone areas of Bihar are ready.
They have been oriented in the ways of saving their families and cattle from natural disasters.
A state like Bihar regularly hit by flood, earthquake, drought, storm and many other forms of natural disaster needs a continuous and integrated process of planning, coordination and implementation of risk-prevention measures, says Dr James Shekhar, director of Bihar Water Development Society (BWDS).
The Patna based NGO recently organized a three days Task Force training program June 21 to 23 under the Global Programme project.
Two hundred and fifty villagers from the ecologically vulnerable areas of Nawada District attended the programme at Gram Nirman Mandal in Sokhodewra block.
Dr. Shrawan Kumar Singh, trained the villagers who came from 20 villages like Shivpur, Bijho, Sokho and Gauraiya.
The training comprised of inputs and hands on exercises. The use of readily available materials to make aids for rescue and survival in times of emergency were much appreciated. Practical survival and rescuing skills, like how to use a Gamacha (towel) or any cloth to lift an injured person when no stretcher is available.
Mr. Shiv Kumar Das, one of the animators of the Global Programme, said, “The participants had hardly any knowledge about regulatory and physical measures to prevent the losses caused by disasters. Through this training program they learned how to help people and rescue them in a situation of disaster.”
“As we are experiencing extreme weather conditions increasing due to climate change , more people are losing their lives and livelihood. We can help them to survive by training them.They will learn how to prevent substantial losses from any disaster events. This program was about that. Natural disasters cannot be stopped from happening but now these people can at least help each other if they get in that situation,” stated John D’cruz , the program coordinator of Nawada unit. The Global Programme has been running in Nawada for a year now. It builds awareness by means of a variety of training programs.
Earlier on 9th June they had organized a training on SRI method and distributed rice seed (paddy) to 300 farmers.
Prepared by HARSHIT PAUL