Mongolia launches joint disaster management exercise with U.S.

10:50, April 06, 2011      

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The opening ceremony of the third phase of the annual "Gobi Wolf" disaster management exercise, is held by the Mongolian government and the U.S. Department of Defense, started here in Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia on April 5, 2011. The exercise aims to enhance the capacity of Mongolian government in coping with the natural and manmade disaster especially the potential earthquake threat and strengthen the relations of the countries. (Xinhua/Huang Longjie)

A joint disaster management exercise between Mongolia and the United States started Tuesday.

Mongolian Deputy Prime Minister M. Enkhbold said at a launch ceremony that Mongolia should strengthen its natural disaster preparedness as the country has experienced many natural disasters in the past years.

In 2010 alone, more than 30 earthquakes above 3.8 magnitude on the Richter scale were reported nationwide, he said.

The annual exercise, codenamed "Gobi Wolf," will last 11 days, and focus on personnel evacuation and rescue in schools and hospitals in case of disaster. A seminar on earthquake protection and disaster relief will also be held.

"Gobi Wolf" is designed to improve the Mongolian government's capacity to response and collaborate with other countries during natural and man-made disasters. It was first held in 2009.

Source: Xinhua

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