200 Guwahati schools still vulnerable to disasters

GUWAHATI: If you are a parent and your child goes to a school in Guwahati, then there is cause for serious concern as your child may be in grave danger.

Based to a report submitted by Assam Engineering College (AEC) before the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in March-end, around 200 private and government-run schools in Guwahati were found most vulnerable to disasters like earthquake, flood and strong winds by the Kamrup (Metro) district disaster management authority.

However, even after six months, there has been no visible effort on the part of the authorities of these institutions as well as the government to rectify this situation.

Sources, in the ASDMA, said the authorities are likely to float tenders inviting firms to carry out necessary repairs after the Durga Puja.

According to the source, while some of the schools that need repairing are leading private schools of the city that have been set up in recent times, some were established over 100 years back.

The Union ministry of human resource development ( MHRD) in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) and District Disaster Management Authority of Kamrup (Metro) district have planned to train about 2,000 school teachers in the city by October this year to handle crisis situations and disasters.

This has been done because Guwahati falls in seismic zone-V - the highest earthquake risk zone. But the plight of these 200 schools still remains a cause of concern for the school authorities.