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Managua’s Markets Put To The Test

Drills will test the markets of the capital city to evaluate evacuation plans. The Mercado Oriental / El Nuevo Diario
Drills will test the markets of the capital city to evaluate evacuation plans. The Mercado Oriental / El Nuevo Diario

NICARAGUA NEWS – The National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters, SINAPRED, said it will be conducting drills in the markets of Managua, to evaluate the evacuation plans and the responsiveness of authorities to any seismic activity.

Deputy Minister of Interior, Carlos Najar said that in Managua’s markets there are “buildings over 34 years old and some very old” so it is important to assess the performances in case of an emergency.

Najar said that among the major criticism for the markets are problems with hydrants, electrical connections and gas tanks in the food areas.

The deputy minister explained that some 10 units and 150 members of the Fire Department will take part in the drills.

SINAPRED head, Guillermo Gonzalez, said “we will remain on high alert, we will continue to implement recommendations, we will continue working to create better conditions”.

Source: El Nuevo Diario, Mercados de Managua a prueba

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