The Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise involving multiple agencies and being conducted by Indian Navy’s Western Nava Command conducted at Naval Station Karwar.
This year’s exercise, code-named “KARAVALI KARUNYA” meaning ‘Assistance to Coast of Karnataka’, will see the Armed Forces and the Central and State Government agencies working together towards providing relief in a post-Tsunami scenario.
The exercise is planned in two phases; Phase One for actions to be taken prior the Tsunami hitting the coast, and Phase Two involving actions to be taken after the Tsunami has hit and devastated the coast.
The exercise was aimed at synergising Civil-Military disaster relief efforts post a natural disaster.
In addition to the three Defence Services and Coast Guard, teams from Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Management Authority, National Disaster Response Force, State Executive Committee (SEC), Office of Commissioner of Relief, District Disaster Management Authority, Red Cross, National Institute of Disaster Management, NGOs, representatives of Local Municipality, Police, Medical, Fire and emergency services and NCC Karwar participated in this year’s HADR Exercise.
Two Observers each from Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar and Sri Lanka also arrived at Karwar for the exercise.