Today, Friday March 18 2016 the Internet Society’s Nepal Chapter is hosting INET Kathmandu with the theme “Learning Lessons from Nepal – Embracing ICTs for Disaster Management”. Natural disasters not only cause dramatic loss of human lives and property but also have a lasting impact on the economy which sometimes takes several years to recover from. In April 2015, an earthquake of 7.6 magnitude in Nepal left nearly 9,000 people dead and destroyed over half a million homes as well infrastructure. This massive destruction has also had an impact on Nepal’s bid to advance from the status of a least developed country to a developing country by 2022. During such times, disaster management efforts function on several levels, including first responders, humanitarian relief services and on-time assistance to affected communities. At all levels, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play a significant role in getting the right information to the right people at the right time. This is often critical in order to save lives and reduce losses. Availability of a robust information management system supported by ICTs is critical to support the constant flow of vital information required for disaster management activities. INET Kathmandu aims to bring together International agencies and local stakeholders involved in emergency planning, emergency services, disaster management and related work, to: Learn from the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal; Share regional developments, experiences and information; Discuss emerging paradigms in disaster risk reduction; Propose future mechanisms, critical infrastructure and dependencies for disaster management in the short and long term horizons. The event is being webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
View on Livestream: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/inetktmd