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Government approves Memorandum of Understanding with Maldives for cooperation in disaster management


By PTI IST (Released)

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The MoU aims to establish a system in which India and the Maldives will benefit from each other’s disaster management mechanisms and contribute to strengthening the areas of preparedness, response and capacity building. in the field of disaster management.

The government on Wednesday gave “ex-post facto” approval to a memorandum of understanding between India and the Maldives for cooperation in disaster management.

The approval was given at a Union cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

The Cabinet of the Union has approved ex post facto the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 2nd August 2022 between the National Disaster Management Authority of India and the National Disaster Management Authority of the Republic of Maldives on the cooperation in the field of disaster management, according to an official statement.

The MoU aims to establish a system in which India and the Maldives will benefit from each other’s disaster management mechanisms and contribute to strengthening the areas of preparedness, response and capacity building. in the field of disaster management.

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The two countries will provide mutual support at the request of the other in the event of a large-scale disaster occurring on their territory, in the field of emergency relief, response and humanitarian assistance, according to the press release. .

Countries will exchange information and share experiences and best practices in disaster response, mitigation, planning and preparedness.

The two sides will share satellite remote sensing data and expertise in space-based technology applications for effective disaster mitigation, including information exchange on disaster prevention and risk assessment.

Cooperation will be established in the field of advanced information technologies, early warning systems, remote sensing, satellite communications and navigation services.

In order to consider a training and capacity building program for sectoral integration in disaster risk reduction, the parties will provide opportunities to train senior officials and relief personnel of the emergency management service within the framework short and long term training.

According to the statement, the countries will exchange information on national and international exhibitions as well as exercises to be held in the two countries and also cooperate in areas such as research, knowledge exchange, faculty support programs. , literature in the areas of disaster risk reduction. and university programs on disaster resilience and climate change adaptation.

The two countries will determine further cooperation in other activities related to disaster management. The two countries can exchange tsunami advisories, storm surges, high wave alerts, multi-hazard vulnerability information and multi-hazard assessment of ocean disasters along their coastal areas.

The two countries will launch an annual disaster management exercise to be held in the different geographical settings of the two nations, according to the statement.

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