India has dramatically reduced disaster-related deaths: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: Minister of the Interior Amit Shah On Monday, he said that India, thanks to its political initiatives in disaster management, early warning capabilities and advanced preparations, had managed to reduce the loss of life due to disasters to less than 1% of the figures recorded just over a decade ago.

Citing the example of India's effective management of cyclones Phailin in 2013, Hudhud in 2014 and Fani earlier this year, Shah, in his inaugural address in the joint exercise of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on 'search and rescue of urban earthquakes' here, said the loss of life was reduced to 64 during Cyclone Fani in Odisha, from 10,000 lives lost in the 1999 Super Cyclone.

Speaking about India's approach to disaster-resistant infrastructure to minimize deaths, Shah said India was defending a coalition for disaster-resistant infrastructure, which will be multi-risk oriented and also help minimize losses from goods and infrastructure.

The four-day joint exercise of the SCO, organized by (NDRF), is the result of the ninth meeting of heads of government departments of the SCO countries dealing with the prevention and elimination of emergency situations, held in Kyrgyzstan in 2017

Opening the joint SCO exercise, Shah said it would be useful to improve collective readiness and build a common understanding of internationally recognized procedures to coordinate post-earthquake responses. In establishing the centrality of SCO nations in the fight against disasters, the Interior Minister said that none of the global objectives to reduce disaster losses can be met by 2030 unless it is achieved by SCO countries.