The Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese armies plan to hold joint disaster relief exercise along the borders in preparation for rescue efforts during the upcoming rainy season.
Major General Thong Solimo, spokesman for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces general command headquarters, said yesterday the Lao Ministry of Defence had informed the Ministry of National Defence about its plans to hold the joint disaster relief exercise along border areas.
“We informed the Lao and Vietnam sides that we will join the exercise, but we have not set a specific date and place because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “However, Cambodia has already prepared materials for the exercise.”
Maj Gen Solimo said that last year Cambodia and Vietnam held a similar joint exercise in Svay Reang province’s Chanthrea district, but this year the exercise would be held at another border location.
He said the preparations for the exercise included being ready to deploy helicopters, boats, trucks, ambulances to be used for disaster relief work.
“We do not know when a disaster can happen. So military units along the borders must have enough capacity and personnel to recue people, especially along the three countries’ borders,” he said.
General Moeng Samphan, a secretary of state at the Defence Ministry, yesterday led a meeting to prepare the military forces and equipment and other means that his ministry has in order to join the exercise, a Defence Ministry statement said yesterday.
It said he reminded all relevant military unit commanders to prepare their forces and items to carry out rescue operations in a timely and safe manner during the rainy season this year.
General Chhum Sucheat, Ministry of National Defence spokesman, could not be reached for comment yesterday.