Mardi 08 Décembre 2009 06:55
The African delegation had a rare opportunity of listening to a foremost disaster management expert on Sunday, when Prof N Vinod Chandra Menon, member of India’s statutory National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) shared his views on exploiting advances in ICT for disaster communication.
ICT is the only efficient vehicle that can take the message to people in the times of disasters. During disasters, it is very important that the affected community receive the right information. This will help the local community can get into action swiftly. When a disaster strikes it is very important that people help each other, as waiting for external assistance will always lead to higher loss of human lives and property, he said. If the right message is available, many tragedies can be averted, he opined.
Prof. Menon informed that the delegation that NDMA is proposing to use CSCs, which are being set up in different provinces in the country, for spreading disaster preparedness and emergency response awareness among the communities.
Harnessing right technologies
are very important, he said adding with the increasing profusion of ICT will prove to be a boon in the fight against natural disasters and reducing casualties in the decades to come, Prof. Menon said.
He said India and Africa can learn a lot from each other in disaster management.