Kerala recorded over 5,000 water accidents in last six years
Palakkad: Water accidents have claimed second spot in mishaps in the state following road accidents. Fire and rescue service department has revealed that over 5,000 water accidents happened in the state in the last six years.
More than half of the victims of these accidents are young men. They include those who entered into the water ignoring warnings. Inadequate rescue operations also added to the high number of fatalities.
To bring down water accidents and make rescue operations more effective, an Institute for Advanced Training and Water Resources will be set up at Kochi. This will be arranged in the model implemented by Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Assam. Awareness programmes and special training for selected fire force personnel will be provided here.
A detailed information about the 44 rivers, lakes, dams, pools in quarries in the state will be collected with the help of local governing bodies. Based on this, a blue print of the training programme will be designed. Directions will be issued to set up warning boards near dams under the irrigation department.
Scuba diving team will be formed
Chief minister’s office said that a scuba diving team will be formed by providing special training to fire and rescue personnel with proficiency in swimming. Every district is provided with water accident rescue equipment like scuba set, rubber dinghy and scuba vehicles. If required more will be provided, said the officials.