Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Large-scale’ disaster rescue drill to be held




‘Large-scale’ disaster rescue drill to be held

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Ministry of National Defence spokesman Chum Socheat said Cambodia will hold an evacuation drill with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Photo supplied

‘Large-scale’ disaster rescue drill to be held

Cambodia will conduct a “large-scale” emergency evacuation drill with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam “in near future”, Ministry of National Defence spokesman Chum Socheat told The Post on Tuesday.

Without specifying the number of soldiers that will be involved in the exercise, Socheat said the drill will not be used as a joint military combat exercise. “It is purely in preparation for a humanitarian mission,” he said.

While he was unable to confirm a specific timeframe for when the drill would be held, Socheat said the training commander would draw up a proposal and submit it to the ministry.

“The minister would then review the budget breakdown and verify other paperwork,” he added, noting that most expenses would be allocated to “gasoline and vehicles”.

National press agency Agence Kampuchea Press (AKP) recently cited Moeung Samphan, the Ministry of Defence secretary of state, saying the drill would be held near the Vietnamese border in Svay Rieng province.

“It will be arranged at the end of the year in [such] a scale that we have never witnessed before,” he said.

Samphan continued that the drill would simulate accidents such as a shipwreck, plane crash and building collapse, as well as natural disasters “which could happen at any second, due to their unpredictable nature”.

“All of the ministry’s units are prepared to participate in the exercise. They are equipped with the necessary tools to rescue people when a disaster strikes at any time,” Sampan was quoted as saying.

He also urged the forces to be more proactive in terms of rescue efforts during disasters.

In a related development, the Ministry of Health on Tuesday warned the public of the changes in weather pattern which might cause storms and a heatwave that could result in drought, floods and diseases.

The ministry said in its directive that natural disasters could damage infrastructure and properties, as well as injure or kill people.

“In case of a flood, people should not seek shelter in old houses or dilapidated buildings because they can collapse at any time. Also, refrain from touching electronics with wet hands or when standing in water.

“When travelling on a boat at night, it must have light to show the way. “[Moreover], people must sleep inside a mosquito net to prevent dengue fever, malaria, and other diseases,” the statement read.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's GDP growth to narrow -1% to -2.9%, World Bank says

    The World Bank expects further recoil on Cambodia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to between minus one per cent and minus 2.9 per cent for 2020 as its main growth drivers – tourism, manufacturing exports and construction – take a beating due to Covid-19, its latest economic update

  • Vietnam: Tougher sentences for child abusers

    Several National Assembly (NA) deputies in Vietnam are calling for tougher penalties to be handed down to child abusers. They hope stricter punishments will act as a strong deterrent to prevent offenders committing further offences in the future. Extreme measures such as chemical castration were

  • Central bank to shun small US banknotes

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is considering not accepting smaller denominated US dollar banknotes – $1, $2 and $5 – from banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) which it said are flooding its stockpile as the demand for those notes is low. While some banking insiders welcomed the move as

  • PM lauded in Covid-19 fight

    World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen thanking him for following the WHO’s guidance and commending Cambodia’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19. In his letter made public by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Workers return, hope for salaries

    More than 600 factory workers in the capital’s Chaom Chao commune in Por Sen Chey district returned to work after the factory’s owner promised to pay their salaries in instalments until the middle of next month. On Tuesday and Wednesday, more than 600 workers gathered

  • Women detained for forcing kids to beg

    Two women were sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday for forcing six children to beg for money for several months at the Chhouk Meas market in Krang Thnong commune in the capital’s Sen Sok district. Phnom Penh Department of Anti-human Trafficking and