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ESCAP, India to improve early warning systems in Asia-Pacific

Staff writer |
India and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) have signed a $1 million partnership to support disaster risk management in the region.

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A key focus is on strengthening early warning systems for coastal hazards including tsunamis, coastal zone flooding, storm surges and tropical cyclones.

India’s contribution to the ESCAP Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asian Countries, will help to ensure that vulnerable communities receive the timely warning information required to save lives and livelihoods in disasters.

At a signing ceremony in Bangkok, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar highlighted the Government of India’s ongoing commitment to supporting disaster risk management in Asia and the Pacific.

“Early warning is a particularly promising area of collaboration for the Government of India and ESCAP, as India is a leader in this field,” said Dr. Akhtar.

“The rest of the region can benefit tremendously from India’s resources, skills and expertise.”

India is a Regional Service Provider for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS) and an active member of the ESCAP/World Meteorological Organization Panel on Tropical Cyclones.

It also hosts a Regional Specialized Meteorological Center in New Delhi and chairs the Council of the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES).

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