India to Share Disaster Management Expertise at Asia Meet

Jaishree Balasubramanian, Bangkok
India to Share Disaster Management Expertise at Asia Meet

India will share with the international community the pre-emptive steps it took that saved the lives of nearly one million people when a deadly typhoon hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh last year.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who arrived here today, is leading a high-level delegation to the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR).

He will highlight the measures taken by the Indian government in evacuating about one million people stranded in the two states when cyclone Phailin struck in October 2013.

"Over the years, India has put into place both the technology and mechanisms to prevent loss of life and property damage from natural disasters," India's ambassador to Thailand Harsh Vardhan Shringla told PTI.

"India has also been at the forefront of efforts to cooperate with other Asian countries in jointly addressing the threat posed by natural disasters," he said.

"The AMCDRR should contribute to an enhancement of international efforts to cooperate on disaster risk reduction in Asia," he added.

India has played an important role in global initiatives on disaster management and is committed to achieving the goals set under the Hyogo Framework of Action through systematic and sustained efforts.

Rijiju will focus on the innovative use of high-end technology, including satellite imagery and precise weather forecasting tools, which helped authorities deal with the biggest storm to have hit the Indian coast in over a decade.

The Indian delegation will share the various measures being taken to reduce damage caused by natural disasters.

The National Institute of Disaster Management of India is hosting a special event on the sidelines of the three-day meet themed: Integration of Sustainability Issues with Disaster Management – Recent Advances on Tools and Practices.

Recognising the importance of preparing for potential disaster, 168 countries endorsed the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 as a global blueprint for disaster risk reduction.

The Framework requires member states to organise a bi-ennial conference -- "The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction" -- to implement disaster risk reduction framework and update on HFA implementation progress to the international community.

The main theme this year is "promoting investment for resilient nations and communities."

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