Multinational Planning Augmentation Team (MPAT) Tempest Express-28 Workshop concluded. According to a press release issued by Directorate of Public Relations Nepal Army, the week long program discussed intensively on various modalities of disaster management sharing the experiences of last earthquake.
Organized jointly by Nepal Army and US Pacific Command (USPACOM),Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Rajendra Chhetri closed the workshop thanking all the participants for their contribution in making the future disaster management more effective and efficient.
There were altogether 240 participants from 18 different countries including 60 officers from Nepal Army. The participants include high level government officials and civil society members from the region.
The participants discuss the issues of disaster management sharing the recent experiences of earthquake. COAS General Chhetri said that this program enhanced the capabilities of Nepal Army and other participants to cope with more severe disasters in the coming days.
Bill Berger, Senior Regional Advisor for South Asia for OFDA hailed role played by Nepal Army, Nepal Armed Police and Nepal Police during the two earthquakes of April and May. “I started my carrier from Nepal taking part in 1989 earthquake and flood of 1993. There are more frequent disasters now a days,” said Berger.
Defense secretary Jaya Mukunda Khanal and Home Secretary Naryan Gopal Malegu also spoke about the importance of the workshop in the Nepalese context.