India , first to partner with Facebook on disaster response

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India is the first country to partner with social networking site Facebook on disaster response, Union minister Kiren Rijiju announced at the inaugural meeting of the ‘India Disaster Response Summit’, organised jointly by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Facebook.

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju has inaugurated the ‘India Disaster Response Summit’ in New Delhi. The summit was organised jointly by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Facebook.

The summit focuses on how best to leverage social media platforms to ‘prepare, respond and recover’ for, during and after a disaster. This partnership is a benchmark and first of its kind as the Government has partnered with Facebook on disaster response.

Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, said that reaching out to the people and communities was the primary responsibility of all stakeholders and efforts should be to make people aware, informed and to guide them during emergency situations.

Facebook will now share its disaster maps, developed using aggregated, de-identified data, with NDMA.

These maps can aid swift disaster response by providing real-time, actionable information .