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Odisha joins Indian ocean wide tsunami mock drill,328 villages in six districts participated

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Bhuabneswar | Wednesday, Sep 7 2016 IST
Odisha participated in Indian Ocean wide tsunami mock drill conducted today based on scenario of 9.2 magnitude earthquake with epicentre at Sumatra, Indonesia triggering tsunami. The purpose of this Indian Ocean-wide drill is to increase tsunami preparedness, evaluate response capabilities and improve coordination throughout the region. The aim is to exercise all levels of the tsunami warning and response chain, with a primary focus on the local coastal community level.

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and subsequent events in the Indian and Pacific Oceans have brought to the attention of the world the urgent need to be more prepared for such events.

This important drill will test the current procedures of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System and help identify operational strengths and weaknesses in each state and country.

The drill, titled Exercise Indian Ocean Wave 2016 (IOWave16), will simulate Indian Ocean countries being put into a Tsunami Warning situation requiring government decision making.

During the drill the Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre (ITEWC) at Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad provided simulated tsunami threat information to all coastal states of India including Odisha and to other countries in the Indian Ocean region.

Each State/District has evaluated the information and disseminated to the disaster response agencies and coastal communities participating in the drill.

In Odisha, Tsunami Mock Drill was conducted today in 328 villages within 1.5 km of the coastline under 22 coastal Blocks in 6 districts such as Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri & Ganjam.

The process of mock drill commenced at 0830 hrs with receipt of First Test Bulletin from INCOIS by the State Emergency Operation Centre which was immediately transmitted to districts. Then, a series of messages followed. Alert/ Warning Messages received from INCOIS were promptly communicated to the Collectors for taking preparedness and evacuation measures at the Village level.

The District EOCs immediately transmitted such messages to the community through Blocks and other modes. Finally, Community Members executed the drill with token evacuations and other activities.

Odisha State Disaster Mitigation Authority(OSDMA) took the lead role in organizing the entire exercise in the State. The Mock Drill ended at 2030 hrs with the issue of De warning and all clear message by INCOIS which was forwarded to all concerned by the State Emergency Operation Centre.

Senior Officers from SRC Office & NDRF coordinated the mock exercise from the State Emergency Operation Centre in the office of the Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha. Emergency Operation Centres at District & Block levels in the six districts were involved along with District level officials from Line Departments in the mock drill.

Response Team from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) & Fire Service participated in this mock exercise.

The IMD, East Coast Railway, Air Port Authority of India, Indian Coast Guard and others also participated in the drill. These disaster response forces also exhibited search and rescue drills at the community level. UNI DP JW RSA 2253

-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0364-923749.Xml

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