India needs to develop NCMC-like system to deal with disasters, calamities, says Modi

Moscow (Russia) : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday visited EMERCOM -the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in Moscow, a state of the art crisis management facility in Russia, where he was briefed about the actual functioning and real-time monitoring operations of the Centre.

He was informed in detail about the coordination among various disaster-relief agencies, which is done by this Centre. The space monitoring and 3D modelling capabilities were also explained.

The capabilities of the Centre to monitor threats to human life and property, including natural disasters, both within and beyond Russia’s borders, and its global sphere of cooperation were highlighted.

The Prime Minister took keen interest in the disaster prevention and response activities being coordinated by the Centre, as well as its global outreach.

“Visit to EMERCOM was a great learning experience. Was shown aspects relating to disaster management & how technology is used in this field,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

He described the work being done by the Centre as a “great service to humanity”. The NCMC is doing a big service to humanity. Their disaster prevention & response activities are laudatory,” he tweeted.

As many as 2,40,000 EMERCOM employees are on daily operational duty, using 62,000 equipment units.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi said India needs to develop such systems to deal with disasters and calamities. India and Russia will jointly work on this front, he added.

National Security Advisor AjitDoval, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar, and other senior members of the Prime Minister’s delegation accompanied the Prime Minister.

The NCMC is a multi-level coordination centre designed to provide inter-agency coordination, and alerting people about the threat of emergency situations.

The capabilities of the NCMC include state of the art real time monitoring, data collection, analysis and modelling. It uses global navigation satellite systems and global monitoring technologies based on remote sensing.

Its major tasks are elimination of consequences of natural disasters, both in Russia and abroad, and rendering of humanitarian assistance to the affected population.

It has taken part in many national and over 70 international operations. (ANI)