Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will inaugurate the Second BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2020 (BIMSTEC DMEx-2020) here on Tuesday.
The three-days long program with the themes "A cultural heritage site that suffers severe damage in the Earthquake" & ''Flooding or Storm" is being held with the objective of testing the existing emergency procedures for notification, preparedness and emergency response, during major earthquake and flood scenario.
NDRF Director General Satya Narayan Pradhan and Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha and Managing Director, OSDMA Pradeep Kumar Jena at briefed in details in a Joint Media Meet held here on 10 February.
The exercise shall also provide an opportunity to enhance the co-ordination and cooperation involving multi-agency operations during earthquake, flooding and storm surge; and test multi-stakeholders’ coordination in a disaster scenario involving international, national, state, district and local agencies, they added.
The event will have the inaugural session and Table Top Exercise (TTx) on collapsed structure at Hotel Mayfair here on Tuesday; Field Training Exercise (FTx) on Aquatic Disaster Response with focus on cultural heritage sites at Ramachandi beach, Puri on Wednesday which will be followed by proceedings of Disaster Management Exercise & Policy Meeting of NDMA/NDMOs among the teams of participating Nations on Thursday.
An exercise village has been set up at Ramchandi, Puri where simulation on aquatic disaster response with special attention to the damage to heritage site will take place as part of the exercise. This will provide real-time scenario so that in time of disasters, proper plan for response and coordination among member nations can be executed in multi-agencies scenario.
Five Member countries – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Nepal – will be participating in the exercise, which will be attended by international observers like United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Search And Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).
And National Observers like Indian National Trust for Art And Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), representatives from various stakeholders viz. India Metrological Department (IMD), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Centre Water Commission (CWC), Animal Quarantine and Certification Service (AQCS), Civil Defence, Fire Services, BIMSTEC Secretariat will join.
Odisha has been selected for hosting the programme in view of the State's experience and success in tackling disasters in the past and having a number of heritage