Pakistan’s Tsunami Drill a Success

On October 14th, a drill on the coastal areas of Pakistan simulated the magnitude 9.15 quake that set off a devastating tsunami on December 26, 2004. The exercise tested the nation’s warning systems and overall preparedness.

According to an article on, the drill successfully tested the effectiveness of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS). Hundreds of coastal area residents, including those in the main city of Ketibandar, took part in the rescue drill. The exercise was followed by a capacity building and awareness activity for local disaster management authorities, volunteers and media persons.

NDMA Director Preparedness and Mitigation Amir Muhiuddin said the drill helped increase preparedness and improve coordination. It also provided an opportunity to test national standard operating procedures and the operational lines of communication between the NTWCs and JMA and PTWC, he added.

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