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India, Russia cooperation in the field of Disaster Management

Indo-Russian MeetThe India-Russia Joint Commission meeting was held in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The Russian delegation was chaired by Vladimir Andreevich Puchkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination Consequences of Natural Disasters and the Indian delegation was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the two countries are linked by geography, history and culture and the linkages in the field of disaster management have continued to grow beyond boundaries. Rajnath Singh mentioned that during the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction during March last year in Sendai, Japan we had agreed to enhance ongoing cooperation in dealing with emergency situation, natural disasters, research and training.

The Minister said that India is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. Floods, droughts, cyclones and landslides are common hazards, he added. He mentioned that the country is committed for convergence of disaster risk reduction with developmental programmes and disaster management is not an issue of disaster alone rather it has now become more of development issue.

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