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Lebanon to hold tsunami drill

Lebanese Army deployed in Jbeil. (File/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Lebanon will conduct Thursday a mock tsunami drill simulating the effects of a 2004 tsunami caused by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean.

A statement from the Internal Security Forces said the exercise would take place in Jbeil between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday.

It said the drill would include participants from the National Committee for Disasters Management and Coordination at the Presidency of the Cabinet, members of the Byblos Crisis Management Cell, Lebanese Army Operations, ISF Operations, Civil Defense Operations, Lebanese Red Cross Operations and a Disaster Risk Management unit.

The statement said a number of dignitaries wouldparticipate in the event.

A separate statement from UNDP said the simulation was aimed at "putting into action the response plan including the Byblos Crisis Management Cell in terms of coordination, communication and cooperation among the different stakeholders in general, and the communication with the Field Operations Room established by the Lebanese Armed Forces to coordinate search and rescue operations with the Civil Defense, the Lebanese Red Cross, the Internal Security Forces and Byblos Municipality in specific."





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