Crowd Management and Disasters Due to Large Crowd Presence

Mains Marks Booster     5th August 2023        
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Crowd management is the systematic process of planning, organizing, and monitoring large gatherings of people with the objective to establish a safe and secure environment and maintain a minimum level of space to avoid panic and rapid crowd movements.

Causes of crowd disasters:

  • Overcrowding: When too many people are present in a confined space, it can lead to stampedes, trampling, and suffocation.
  • Poor crowd management: Inadequate planning, lack of crowd control measures, and insufficient emergency exits can contribute to crowd disasters.
  • Panic: Fear and anxiety can cause people to act irrationally and make poor decisions, leading to chaos and accidents.
  • Structural failures: Weak or poorly maintained structures such as bridges, stadiums, and buildings can collapse under the weight of large crowds.
  • Natural disasters: Earthquakes, floods, and other natural disasters can cause panic and chaos among crowds, leading to injuries and fatalities.
  • Terrorism: Acts of terrorism such as bombings or shootings can cause panic and chaos among crowds, leading to injuries and fatalities.

NDMA Guidelines for Crowd Management:

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NDMA Guidelines for Crowd Management

Case studies for crowd management

  • Deploying a private security agency at FIFA 
  • Crowd management at Tirupati by online booking 

Challenges for crowd management:

  • Lack of sufficient manpower- to handle large masses 
  • Lack of trained personnel- who can deploy and assist the crowd in a sophisticated way
  • Technology constraints - lack of modern technology such as instant networks, facial recognition system, etc.

Better crowd Management Planning:

  • Proper planning: Event organizers should conduct a risk assessment and develop a crowd management plan that includes measures to prevent overcrowding, ensure adequate exits, and provide emergency medical services.
  • Crowd control measures:  such as barricades, crowd marshals, and ticketing systems to regulate the flow of people and prevent overcrowding.
  • Communication: between event organizers, security personnel, and emergency responders to ensure timely response in case of an emergency.
  • Training: Crowd management personnel should be trained in crowd control techniques, first aid, and emergency response procedures.
  • Emergency preparedness: Event organizers should have a contingency plan in place to respond to emergencies such as fires, stampedes, and natural disasters.
  • Use of technology: Use of facial recognition used in Kumbh Mela.
  • Awareness campaign: Such as education and awareness among people.

Conclusion: Insufficient manpower and inefficient strategies are responsible for turning crowds into crowd disasters. Implementing NDMA guidelines to control crowds will be helpful for better management.