SKILL DEMO BY CENTRAL AND STATE GOVT AGENCIES ASSOCIATED WITH HADR OPERATION

SKILL DEMO BY CENTRAL AND STATE GOVT AGENCIES ASSOCIATED WITH HADR OPERATION

SKILL DEMO BY CENTRAL AND STATE GOVT AGENCIES ASSOCIATED WITH HADR OPERATION

   Chennai, 03rd Aug 2019­­

The Central and State Govt. agencies associated with Disaster Relief Operations showcased their equipment and  skills in mitigating various contingencies during Disaster Relief Operation as part of the ongoing Joint HA DR Exercise on 03 Aug 19.  The Skill Demo jointly organised by Indian Navy and  TNSDMA at North and West Quay Jetty of the Chennai Port Trust was witnessed by   Shri K Shanmugam IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Tamil Nadu and other delegates participating in the Joint HADR Exercise. The exercise saw the participation of the Na vy, Indian Air Force, Coast Guard, State administration and State Disaster Management Authority who sho wca sed their capabilities and prowess in tackling an emergency using their resources. The setting for the exercise w as based in the aftermath of a Cyclone hitting the coast of Tamil Nadu leading to major flooding in the urban la ndscape and the coordinated actions being taken by various agencies.

The demonstration included aerial survey by Naval Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft, relief operations by In dian Air Force, Salvage Operations, Port Clearance operations, Pollution Response demonstrations and Search and Rescue operations by various agencies, a Pollution Response demo by a Coast Guard Pollution Control Ve ssel and a ‘Bambi Bucket’ demo by an IAF helicopter for dousing forest fires.  Additionally, a ship of the Indian Na vy modified into a Hospital Ship was berthed at the Chennai Port Trust. Observers from friendly foreign co un tries who have been invited by the Govt. of India also witnessed the Skill Demo.  They got an insight into the best practices and also understood the capabilities available with our country which could be requested in case a ne ed arises.

Joint HADR Exercise achieved the overall aim of ‘Disaster Resilient India’ in the context of the state of Tamil Na du, through a well-coordinated and unified response of the Armed Forces, along with various national and state relief agencies, with minimal loss of response time following the occurrence of a disaster. The exercise pr ovided an ideal opportunity to evaluate the capability assessment of all stakeholders, whilst dealing with an em ergency and to bring in synergy and coordination of efforts during HADR operations.

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PS/SK/AK/08/2019