Combined training for Indian and Nepal armies to fight disasters

India-and-NepalThe armies of India and Nepal have included disaster management drills in their next joint exercise Against the backdrop of the recent flooding in the Kosi river due to a landslide in Nepal. The training will be held in Uttarakhand from August 18 to 31.

300army personnel will participate in the training from both the armies. The exercise is named as Surya Kiran which is to be carried out at a height of 5,000-6,000 ft in the mountainous terrains of Pithoragarh. This information is asserted in the Army press release.

Aspects of disaster management with specific reference to pandemic/epidemic disease control and incorporation of aviation aspects will also be taken into training, an Army spokesperson here said.

The event will be supervised by senior officers of both the armies on the day of inauguration, who will also interact with members of the both of the contingents.

A spokesperson said. “We see it as not only a strategic cooperation between both the armies but also an aid to historical and cultural ties between both the nations” .

Medaram Jathara

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