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The north Goa district administration is imparting training to a number of civilian volunteers in disaster management and rescue with an objective to make them capable of coping with rains and floods during monsoon.

The civilian volunteers force mostly comprises well-built people including Physical Education Teachers in various schools, Additional District Collector Dipak Desai said in a news agency report.

Mumbai-based Sarista Foundation has already began training few batches in the district at various taluka level, he said adding that advance level training can also be imparted to civilian volunteers on whom the administration can bank on during emergencies.

“There is no age limit. We also intend to include retired Physical Education teachers. If a person is below 18 years of age, the consent of his parents would be necessary," Desai said adding even students are involved in it.

The official said that the creation of similar force was experimented in south Goa’s Canacona taluka earlier last year and the exercise was very successful. Desai said that though Goa has not faced any major disaster so far, the co-ordination of civilians with the agencies like fire and emergency services, police and other departments is crucial.

Goa has been receiving continuous rainfall since last fortnight. Cuncolim village was flooded two weeks back while last week, the low lying areas of Sankhalim and Bicholim had feared floods when the gates of dam located upstream were opened due to excess water in the reservoir.

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