A super typhoon hitting the northern Vietnamese delta and killing 2,000 and injuring 2,500 was the scenario for a joint rescue drill by 10 Southeast Asian nations Wednesday.
Rescuers from Vietnam and six other countries took part in the drill in Hanoi while the other three countries and several international organizations were present as observers.
It started with the Vietnamese government seeking international assistance after Typhoon Neptune with winds of 118-149 kph hit the capital and nearby Nam Dinh Province, leaving thousands of people flooded, buildings collapsing, and the threat of chemical explosions and toxic exposure.
The rescuers went ahead with evacuation, search and rescue, and medical support, deploying two helicopters, 23 boats and pontoons, 245 other vehicles, and medical and communication equipment.
The drill was joined by 2,500 civilians, including 800 who played flood victims.
Pham Hoai Giang, head of the Rescue and Relief Department at the Ministry of National Defense, was quoted by Tuoi Tre as saying the drill was meant to assess regional coordination for emergency disaster response.
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