Shimla, May 31 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said engineers should be trained in disaster management techniques so that a comprehensive model can be implemented in urban and rural areas.Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Railways Set to Operate These Unreserved Trains Between Punjab, Himachal Pradesh From Today | Complete List Here

“Communities at the panchayat-level in rural areas and at the ward-level in urban areas should be mobilised for disseminating knowledge on possible disasters,” he said at a conclave on ‘Implementation of Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction’ here. Also Read - Shocking! 80% Women in THESE South Indian States Justify Men Beating Their Wives: Survey

“We do not know when a disaster will occur. We should be prepared to meet any eventuality and minimise the losses,” Singh said. Also Read - 6th Pay Commission: THIS State Announces New Pay Scales For Its Employees. Check Details Inside

Being a hill-state, Himachal Pradesh is prone to various disasters. Apart from fire, floods and landslides, it is quite vulnerable to earthquakes, he said.

The chief minister urged experts to help in establishing a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary mechanism for building a partnership by involving all the stakeholders, and create a culture of resilience in the state.

The government has initiated a process to review and update the HP Relief Manual according to the disaster relief guidelines, he said.

The state and district disaster management plans have been prepared to combat any disaster, Singh said.

Special Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management D D Sharma said the state-level conclave discussed resilience action planning and implementing the Sendai framework at the local level.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.