The Town Planning Department and the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) have joined hands to execute a project — Rebuild Kozhikode — aimed at preparing a comprehensive disaster management strategy for the district. 

About 250 volunteers drawn from the Licensed Engineers and Supervisors Federation (Lensfed) and the Registered Engineers and Supervisors Federation (Rensfed) will be imparted a one-day training to assess the damage caused by the recent floods and work out a strategy to rebuild the lives of the affected. “Three verticals have been planned for the purpose including chalking out measures to lessen the damage during such disasters,” Regional Town Planner K.V. Abdul Malik told The Hindu here on Monday.

He said that the first stage involved district-level data collection so that an accurate mapping of flood planes could be carried out in a region. A socio-economic survey on various flood clusters and a study of the affected public infrastructure and amenities would be conducted. And finally, a study on relief camps and facilities that could function as potential relief camps during a crisis.

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A smartphone app — ODK Collect — would be used for data collection. The questionnaire to be filled up by volunteers on field would be installed on the app prior to the beginning of the survey. However, the survey of the camps would be carried out separately, he added.