Acting upon the directive of the Prime Minister to conduct Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercises, the Armed Forces in collaboration with Central Armed Police Forces and civil administration have started conducting Joint HADR exercises in different places of the country. While the first Joint Exercise ‘JALRAHAT’ on flooding in Urban Areas was conducted by the Army at Narangi Cantt, Guwahati, Assam from 28th to 30th June with other stakeholders like NCC, Civil Administration, municipal corporations and communities, the second exercise ‘PRAKAMPANA’ by Indian Navy is now under progress.
The exercise ‘PRAKAMPANA’ which started yesterday at Eastern Naval Command Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh is primarily based on super cyclone in the coastal region and will conclude tomorrow. During this exercise different stakeholders actively conducted mock drills and demonstrations on rescue and relief which pointed out the nuances and important lessions of HADR operations.
The third such HADR exercise ‘SAHAYATA’ will be conducted by Indian Air Force from 14 to 16 September 2016 at Air Force Station Bhuj, Gujrat. This exercise is primarily aimed at preparing the Forces to undertake rescue and relief operations during major earthquakes of Western region.