Morocco test ability to respond to tsunami

The Kingdom will test its ability to respond to a tsunami during an exercise co-ordinated by Unesco.

Morocco will from 31 October to 3 november participate in an exercise co-ordinated by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the Mediterranean Sea. The exercise is called NEAMWave 17 and Morocco is one of the 14 countries participating.

NEAMWave 17 aims to evaluate the local tsunami response plans, the level of ability to react and to improve coordination in the whole region, UNESCO reported in a statement. This is the third such exercise in the region.

To stay alert, national tsunami warning centres and civil protection agencies regularly test their emergency procedures, including communication channels and the ability of professionals to respond to disasters.

This exercise is coordinated by the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and mitigation System in the North-East Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

In addition to Morocco do the following countries: Germany, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Spain, Russia, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Lebanon, Portugal and Turkey.

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