India to work with other nations on disaster risk reduction: Modi

modiNew Delhi, (IANS) Calling upon the world community to work unitedly on disaster risk reduction, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India is ready to work with other countries to build disaster resilient infrastructure.

Inaugurating a three-day Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction 2016 here, Modi said India is even ready to share its space technology and resources with any country to deal with disasters across the globe.

“We need to think big and… innovatively,” he said while talking about the effect of disasters on economic growth.

Modi also asked participating nations to encourage and prepare women for disaster management work.

“Encourage women in disaster management programmes. We have large number of women to support (disaster) affected women,” he told the huge international gathering at India Gate lawns here.

Giving ten-point agenda to deal with disasters, the Prime Minister said that a network of universities should be developed to effectively deal with disasters.

“Develop network of universities working together on disaster risk managements,” he added.

Modi also urged authorities responsible to deal with disasters to learn from age-old local practices and implement the same effectively.

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