101 Noida Schools to take part in Quake Drill
The disaster management cell, along with the district administration, have decided to conduct an evacuation drill in 101 schools in Gautam Budh Nagar district on April 27. The schedule for the drill was fixed by the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, Nagendra Pratap Singh, following a meeting with the principals of 101 schools affiliated to the Central Board School Education (CBSE) and UP Board at Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra in Sector 6 on Tuesday.
Around 200 people, including principals of all the participating schools, district administration officials and several disaster management experts, participated in the meeting. The district magistrate emphasised the importance of safety programmes and evacuation drills for school students to mitigate the effects of any disaster. He said that it is imperative for residents of Noida to be prepared as the city falls in Seismic Zone 4. “We have to be well prepared for any eventuality, such as a major earthquake,” he said.
The schools will conduct a few rehearsal drills before the final drill. Stating that Noida fell in seismic zone IV, the District Magistrate said:
“Since Noida falls in an earthquake-prone zone, it’s important to make the students and residents aware of what they should do in case of an earthquake.”
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