June 9, 2010 10:55:40 pm
Mayors and local government leaders from more than 100 cities of India and seven countries of South Asia gathered in the Capital on Tuesday to attend the launch of a global campaign of Making Cities Resilient.
Minister of Urban Development Jaipal Reddy and Mullappally Ramachandran,Minister of State for Home Affairs,launched the campaign along with other chairpersons.
Organised by the Ministry of Urban Development in collaboration with the National Institute of Disaster Management and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR),the campaign focussed on resilient urbanisation of South Asian cities.
The exponential rate at which urban population is growing in these countries hardly corresponds with the preparedness for disaster management in these cities, said Reddy. Slum dwellers are the worst hit,while the taxation culture is weak in the cities of developing countries, he added.
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The conference discussed disaster management techniques and measures against natural disasters like earthquakes,cyclones as well as chemical and radiation disasters.
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