The Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)
Exercise involving multiple agencies and being conducted by Indian Navy’s
Western Nava Command commenced at Naval Station Karwar near Goa on May 18 with
an inaugural session.
Named as "KARAVALI KARUNYA", the exercise, which involves both
professional exchange and actual disaster response mechanisms is set on a
Tsunami disaster scenario and will continue till May 20.
In his Key Note address Rear Admiral
KJ Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area, welcomed the delegates
stressed on the requirements of coordination and synergy between civil-military
agencies in the event of a disaster.
Highlighting the requirements for preparations to tackle a Tsunami Disaster
he apprised the audience of the Tsunamis in the Indian Sub-continent with the
last recorded on the west coast of India on 27 November 1945. He also
highlighted the reduction in number of causalities during disasters post
enactment of Disaster Management Act 2005.
Two first-hand accounts of actual Tsunami relief operations, in 2004, were
presented by Rear Admiral Suraj Berry and Colonel Vikram Sharma, both from
Integrated Headquarter Ministry of Defence (Navy), bringing out the real
scenario of 2004 Tsunami Hit areas in Sri Lanka; and Andaman and Nicobar
Speaking on the occasion Lieutenant General NC Marwah (Retd), from National
Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) apprised the delegates on the role of NDMA
and developments in the field of Disaster Management. He stressed on the
importance of general knowledge among the citizens on basic Natural Disasters
and first aid. He also apprised the audience of available SOPs already laid out
for the various contingencies.
proceedings of the day also included setting up of Internally Displaced People
camp and static display. The Camp at Rabindranath Tagore Beach will be open to
public from 3:00 PM on May 19.