Antara , Padang, West Sumatra | Wed, 05/28/2008 8:00 PM | World
The West Sumatra provincial administration will hold a tsunami response drill in cooperation with the U.S. Army and the Indonesian Military (TNI), an official said Wednesday.
“The drill will be held in the provincial capital of Padang on July 21-25 with 95 participants,” said West Sumatra People Protection Office division head Ade Edwar.
“The joint drill is facilitated by the U.S. Army Pacific.”
Ade said the drill would focus on a command system to respond to disaster, while participants would share their experiences and knowledge.
Indonesia will be represented by 75 participants, while the U.S. Army will send 15 soldiers. Five local journalists will also attend the drill.
“West Sumatra was chosen as the province because the risk of disaster is considered to be high and the residents have a high awareness of disaster-related issues,” Ade said.
West Sumatra lies on the western coast of Sumatra island facing a tectonic fault line that caused the huge earthquake triggering the 2004 tsunami.
“We are expecting management reinforcement and development as well as equipment from the United States when a disaster does take place,” said Ade. (****)