Friday, 26 Feb 2021
More than 4,000 people participated in the mock tsunami drill Indian Ocean Wave Exercise (IOWave18) conducted on Tuesday morning in Sawadi area in Barka.

four,000 participate in mock tsunami drill in Sawadi region

The sultanate, represented by the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA), and in cooperation with the National Emergency Management System beneath the guidance of National Committee for Civil Defence, effectively implemented the regional physical exercise to confront the dangers of a tsunami.

PACA and Directorate General of Meteorology had more than the final couple of weeks effectively implemented an awareness drive relating to the proposed physical exercise, with continuous updates on different media platforms.

The awareness drive resulted in a smooth operation of the multi-agency physical exercise.

“Regional exercises in the area of Sawadi coast was carried out smoothly with active participation of citizens and residents of the area, with around 4,000 people,” PACA stated.

Dr Mohammed Nasser Ali al Zaabi, CEO, PACA reviewed the course of the physical exercise personally.

According to an awareness video circulated by PACA, the Indian Ocean Wave Exercise is carried out each two years.

The physical exercise was primarily based on simulation of an earthquake in Makran Subduction Zone off the coast of Iran, resulting in a tsunami and giant waves reaching the sultanate in significantly less than half an hour.

The Indian Ocean-wide physical exercise aims to boost tsunami preparedness, evaluate response capabilities in each and every nation and enhance coordination all through the area.

Coordinated by the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning Mitigation System of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of Unesco, the IOWave is held to improve tsunami preparedness at the neighborhood level.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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