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Malaysia involved in a tsunami exercise


KUALA LUMPUR,: Malaysia will be involved in a tsunami exercise codenamed Exercise Pacific Wave 2016 (PacWave16), which will include communication training and information transmission on Thursday.

The public are advised not to panic and be easily influenced by any rumours that might be spread through the social media when the exercise is conducted, the Meteorological Department said in a statement here today.

The department said among the government agencies involved in the exercise were the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA), Civil Defence Department (JPAM), Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Radio Television Malaysia (RTM).

The programme is part of the tsunami training being participated by 16 countries, including Malaysia in the northwest Pacific vicinity for five days from tomorrow.

“It aims to examine each country’s disaster management procedures and the use of forecast products of the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Advisory Centre (NWPTAC) in Japan,” said the department.

For further information, the public can contact the Tsunami Early Warning Cenrte, MetMalaysia at telephone line 03-79678066 or hotline 1-300-22-1638.

Meanwhile, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in a statement on the tsunami programme said the exercise is an effective tool for evaluating the readiness of Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS) countries.

The feedback from PacWave16, and from the next international exercise, PacWave17, will be used to finalise the NWPTAC Enhanced Products for official implementation in 2018.

Besides Malaysia, the other 15 countries participating are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Micronesia, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, South Korea, Russia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.-BERNAMA


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