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Official Spokesperson's response to a query on sharing of satellite data for flood relief efforts

July 26, 2019

In response to a query on sharing of satellite data for flood relief efforts , the official spokesperson Mr. Raveesh Kumar said,

"The National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC) represents ISRO as a member of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. The Charter has been set up under the UN-SPIDER. By combining Earth observation assets from different space agencies, the Charter allows resources and expertise to be coordinated for rapid response to major disaster situations. Whenever there is a natural disaster, NRSC and member space agencies of other 32 countries which are a part of Charter can activate the Charter and then the Charter seeks the information pertaining to disaster- hit area available with all the 33 member space agencies. This is the standard practice.

Due to the heavy floods in India, the Charter was activated on 17 July by NRSC. Under the Charter, so far data has been received from 8 countries, including USGS, CNES, ESA, ROSCOSMOS, Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA) and 3 others. ISRO has also provided information to other Space Agencies in response to similar requests."

New Delhi
July 26, 2019
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