Thailand and the Republic of Korea (RoK) on May 7 jointly opened the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercise (ARF DiREx) 2013 in Cha-am, Phetchaburi, Thailand.

Thailand ’s Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasob Surassawadee and the RoK’s Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs Kim Bong-hyun co-chaired the event.

The ARF DiREx 2013 is organised during May 7-10 with an aim to establish concrete regional cooperation on disaster management. More than 2,400 representatives from 27 countries have participated in the event.

The exercise comprises 2 main activities, namely Field Training Exercise and Table Top Exercise.

The Field Training Exercise consists of seven stations, including Emergency Operation Centre, Rock Slide, Building Collapse, Maritime Rescue Operation, Evacuation Camp, Chemical Leakage, and Air Operation.

Meanwhile, the Table Top Exercise focuses on disaster management policy and cooperation frameworks between Thailand ’s government agencies and regional organisations.

According to Plodprasob, the exercise helps demonstrate Thailand ’s readiness to deal with possible natural disasters and consequently create confidence among expatriates, foreign investors, and tourists.-VNA