In order to effectively respond to tsunami emergency situations, on 7 and 8 September 2016 mock tsunami drills (codenamed IOWave16) have been carried out in 24 Indian Ocean countries to test standard operating procedures of emergency services.
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In Sri Lanka, as part of IOWave16 tabletop exercises were carried out in 14 districts involving over 750 stakeholders. In total, almost 6,000 people participated in the tsunami exercise, which had an inclusive character.
This Tsunami Preparedness Platform is a collaborative effort of United Nations ESCAP, the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre (IOTIC) and the Indonesian National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB), in part realized through generous funding by the Government of Japan.