Tsunami Mock Drill (IO Wave 2011) conducted in Tsunami Prone Villages of Orissa on 12.10 2011
Orissa State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) organized mock tsunami drills in cyclone shelters of six coastal districts of Orissa on October 12, 2011. This mock exercise was a part of the drill organized simultaneously in 20 Indian Ocean countries including India. The exercise aimed at testing the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS) and to evaluate the system’s operational capacity, the efficiency of communications among the different concerned actors, and the state of preparedness of emergency services. The test also included the evacuation of coastal communities in several countries (notably, India and Malaysia). At the national level, this drill was coordinated by Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre (ITEWC) of Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad is one of Regional Tsunami Advisory Service Providers (RTSPs) in the IOTWS setup. ITEWC participated in this drill, both in its capacity as National Tsunami Warning Centre (NTWC) for India as well as one of the RTSPs for the Indian Ocean region.
The Drill named as “Exercise IOWAVE 11” re-enacted the events of 26 December 2004, with a 9.2 magnitude earthquake off the North West coast of Sumatra (Indonesia), followed by an ocean-wide tsunami. This simulated wave crossed the Indian Ocean in 12 hours to strike the coast of South Africa
Orissa State Disaster Management Authority took a lead role for conducting the mock tsunami drill on October 12, 2011 in six strategic tsunami vulnerable locations in six costal districts. The list of villages is as follows