Armenia, NATO conduct disaster-management drills

12:02, September 12, 2010      

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Armenia and NATO on Saturday started an exercise to cope with the consequences of natural disasters, according to reports reaching here.

The joint exercise, codenamed "Armenia 2010," will last till Thursday next week and is being conducted in three phases.

The Armenian wire service ArmInfo quoted Armenian military sources as saying that the three phases are command-and-staff exercise, field exercise and stock-taking.

A total of 706 military personnel from 29 countries including Armenia are taking part in the week-long drill.

The exercise began early on Saturday when a magnitude-7.2 earthquake was presumed to have occurred in a province, killing 12 people and injuring 17 others. The quake damaged the water supply and sewage systems, along with the communications, natural gas and electricity supply systems. The transport system was affected as well. Adding insult to injury, a chemical plant was affected to release four tons of chlorine.

Though the Armenian armed forces were called in immediately after the occurrence of the earthquake, the Armenian government still appealed to the international community for assistance like rescue specialists and rescue equipment to complete the joint disaster-management drill.

Source: Xinhua


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