In news: Union Ministry of Home Affairs inaugurated the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Joint Exercise on Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue (SCOJtEx-2019) on 04th November, 2019 at Dr. Ambedkar International Center, New Delhi. 


  • To practice and strengthen the national and international response, coordination protocols and methodologies in a major earthquake scenario requiring international assistance. 
  • To rehearse the disaster response mechanism, share knowledge, experience, technology & also for mutual coordination, etc.
  • The four-day long simulation exercise was conducted as per the International Search & Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) methodology & guidelines.
  • To test the region’s preparedness and resilience towards effective activation of Inter- governmental interaction for immediate response.
  • Observers: 
    •  International Search & Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG),
    •  Asian Coordination Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA), 
    •  Brazil, Mongolia, and South Africa Geo-Chemical Baseline atlas of India