Soaring mercury: PM Modi held an important meeting to deal with the scorching heat and preparations related to monsoon, gave these important instructions

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired an important meeting to deal with the scorching heat in various parts of the country and review the preparedness related to monsoon. In this, he told the need to take all possible steps to prevent deaths due to extreme heat or fire incidents. In this meeting, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) informed about the persistence of high temperatures during March to May 2022 across the country, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.

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Prevent deaths due to extreme heat or fire incidents

According to the statement of the PMO, Prime Minister Modi said that we have to take all possible steps to prevent the death of people due to extreme heat or fire incidents. He also said that any such incident should take minimum time to act. The Prime Minister said in the meeting that in view of the rising temperature, there is a need to conduct fire safety audits in hospitals regularly.

Modi spoke of the need to work to reduce the risk of forest fires in the diverse forest ecosystem across the country. He also emphasized on increasing the capacity of forest personnel and institutions for timely detection of potential fire incident, handling of fire incidents and subsequent recovery. PM Modi directed that arrangements should be made to monitor the quality of drinking water in view of the upcoming monsoon so that water does not get contaminated and water-borne diseases do not spread.

The need for effective coordination between central and state level agencies to ensure preparedness of all systems for any eventuality was also discussed in the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office said. The meeting was also attended by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Advisors to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretaries, Secretaries of Ministries of Home, Health and Jal Shakti, Members of NDMA, Director Generals of NDMA and IMD and Director General of NDRF. The Prime Minister attended the meeting just hours after returning from a three-day visit to three European countries.