[Press Release] National Disaster Simulation Exercise To Be Held in
Kathmandu on 19 June
10 June 2013
Kathmandu – IOM, as the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster co-lead, will partake in the National Disaster Simulation Exercise in Kathmandu on the 19 June, along with other national and international entities. This simulation exercise will be organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs of Nepal (MoHA) based on the National Disaster Response Framework. The exercise will start at 08:00 on a tabletop at the MoHA to test and assess the disaster preparedness of Nepal.
In this exercise, eleven emergency response clusters – CCCM, WASH, emergency telecommunication systems (ECS), health, food, nutrition, education, protection, logistics, communication and early recovery – will review the standard operating procedures described in their respective contingency plans for a given disaster scenario. Each cluster’s response will be critically evaluated by a high-level team at the end of the day.
In case of an emergency, the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) under the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) acts as the CCCM cluster lead, whilst the IOM plays the role of the co-lead and the MoHA provides overall emergency response and preparedness coordination.
The CCCM cluster aims at assisting and protecting internally displaced persons (IDPs), and is responsible for ensuring the impartial distribution of assistance to all IDPs, identifying needs among camps, developing overall camp response strategies, creating spaces for the effective delivery of humanitarian interventions, and listening to residents in camps.
“This simulation exercise is of utmost important in ensuring the CCCM cluster’s responses and actions on the ground and in improving the overall disaster preparedness and resilience of Nepal,” said Maurizio Busatti, IOM Nepal Chief of Mission.
In Nepal, it is estimated that some 40,000 people could lose their lives, up to 200,000 could be injured and between 600,000-900,000 left homeless if a major earthquake were to hit the Kathmandu valley. To prepare for such an event, IOM and the MoHA have jointly identified 83 humanitarian open spaces in the valley that could be used for humanitarian purposes such as camps, water, sanitation and health facilities, medical facilities and logistics.
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