Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:18:55 GMT

Disaster response wing''s do''s and don''ts in case of nuke

Srinagar, Jan 22 (PTI) Build underground bunkers and stock it with food and water to last at least two weeks to prepare for a possible nuclear attack, says an advisory to the people in the state by the disaster response wing of the J and K government.

The State Disaster Response Force, which is headed by an officer of the IGP rank, issued an advertisement in a local English daily yesterday, listing the do''s and don''t''s in case of a nuclear, chemical or biological weapons attack.

The advisory came against the backdrop of a series of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani army regulars. One of the Indian jawan was beheaded.

"Construct/identify basements in your residence where the whole family can stay for a fortnight," the advisory read.

"In case no basement was available, people should construct bunkers as in conventional war in an open space in front of the house as ''some protection was better than no protection''," it added.

The people have also been advised to stock the shelter with non-perishable food items and water to be replaced regularly before it gets unhygienic.

"Construct toilet facilities at the basement, store ample candles and battery lights, remove stock of flammables, if any, keep battery-operated miniature transistor, TV sets in the basement to listen to instructions being announced by the civil defense authorities," it said.

If a person was in open during nuclear attack, he/she should "immediately drop to ground and remain in lying position," it said. .

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