MINSK, 6 May (BelTA) – The first stage of a full-scale exercise of the CIS corps for alleviating the aftermath of man-caused and natural emergencies took place at premises of the national center for control and emergency response of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry on 6 May. The exercise was focused on dealing with consequences of a devastating earthquake, the Emergencies Ministry press service told BelTA.
Participants of the exercise practiced sharing information promptly between duty teams of the emergencies ministries of the CIS member states (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) in the wake of an imaginary earthquake in Russia's Sakhalin Oblast.
The second stage of the exercise will take place in the exercise area of the Noginsk emergency response center of the Russian Ministry for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters on 12 May. Search and rescue units of the CIS member states will have to set up their own base camps and organize the operation of an international field coordinating center.