Vietnam works with ASEAN on disaster response

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Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has affirmed Vietnam’s willingness to cooperate with ASEAN members in coping with natural disasters.

In his speech at the 2013 ASEAN Disaster Emergency Response Simulation Exercise (ARDEX-13) in Hanoi on October 21, Hai said natural disasters pose a threat slowing down the development process of many countries, including Vietnam, which is among hardest-hit countries.

 

He called for the regional grouping to work hand in hand in natural disaster prevention and control.

The Vietnamese Deputy PM highlighted the ARDEX-13 as an important rehearsal, which has shown strong ASEAN cooperation in natural disaster management- a prioritized area the ASEAN community given to stepping up cooperation with its partners.

The exercise gave regional countries a good chance to practice, share experience and evaluate their capacity in information sharing, search and rescue work, disaster emergency response.

Despite numerous economic difficulties, the Vietnamese government has always paid due attention to natural disaster response and helped other regional countries respond to major natural catastrophe

 

ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh hailed Vietnam’s hosting the regional rehearsal, affirming that natural disaster prevention and control is top priority of the ASEAN bloc which suffered an estimated loss of more than US$4 billion annually.

The ARDEX-13’s aim is to promote the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) and increase regional cooperation in responding to natural disasters, Minh said.

The exercise equipped with modern facilities will take place in Hanoi’s Son Tay township on October 23, with the participation of more than 2,000 people from many countries.

The ARDEX-13 is regarded as the biggest ever natural disaster response rehearsal in Vietnam.

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