Sendai: India on Sunday said it is committed to offer all support to the international efforts in disaster management and achieving substenstive outcome in this direction.
This was conveyed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Japanese Minister for Disaster Management Eriko Yamatani in a bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction here.
The Home Minister congratulated the Japanese Minister for assumption of the Presidency for this Conference, and assured her of India's support in achieving a forward looking substantive outcomes from the Conference.
Singh noted the exemplary courage and resilience of the people of Japan and expressed solidarity in their reconstruction efforts after the east Japan earthquake of March 2011.
Yamatani acknowledged contribution of the 46-member Indian National Disaster Response Force, which was one of the foreign teams to arrive in Japan after the earthquake of March 2011.
The two Ministers exchanged views on possible bilateral cooperation in the area of disaster management, police training and modernisation.
The Home Minister also met the Russian Minister for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters Puchkov Vladimir Andreyevich.
The two ministers exchanged views on enhancing the ongoing cooperation in dealing with emergency situations, natural disasters as well as encouraging greater institutional linkages between research and training institutes in the area of disaster management.
The two ministers also discussed possible use for space-based technologies for averting natural disasters and their management.
The Home Minister also visited the town of Onagawa, where India's NDRF team assisted the Japanese authorities in their search and rescue mission from 26 March to 7 April 2011.
He was received byayor of Onagawa Yoshiaki Suda, who briefed the Minister on the devastation caused by the earthquake and 20 meter high Tsunami.
The Mayor expressed appreciation for the contribution of Indian NDRF and called it an "empowering force".