• It is a major Indian ocean-wide tsunami mock exercise.
  • The exercise is being organized by¬†Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.
  • It will involve evacuation of thousands of people from coastal areas in over half a dozen states.
  • The purpose of the exercise is to increase tsunami preparedness, evaluate response capabilities in each state and improve coordination throughout the region.
  • It is also aimed at enhancing tsunami preparedness at the community level.
  • The exercise will simulate Indian Ocean countries being put in tsunami warning situation and require National Tsunami Warning Centre (NTWC) i.e. National and Local Disaster Management Offices (NDMO/LDMO) to implement and test their communication links and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at all levels of warning chain.
  • In this exercises, Hyderabad based Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) will be nodal participating agency. - IOWave18

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