(AFP file)
(AFP file)

China gives India satellite data on India's flood-hit regions

  • The satellite data was given after ISRO made a request for international disaster relief support
  • China was among the eight countries that India had received data from on the floods

New Delhi: China has provided India with satellite data on the country's flood-hit regions to assist in New Delhi's flood relief efforts, Sun Weidong, China’s new ambassador to New Delhi, said on Friday.

The satellite data was given after the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made a request for international disaster relief support, Sun said in a Twitter post.

"Following ISRO's request for international disaster relief support, China has provided India with satellite data on India's flood-hit regions to assist its flood relief efforts. Hope all gets well soon," he said.

The Indian foreign ministry in a statement confirmed that China was among the eight countries that India had received data from on the floods. Others included the US, France and the European Space Agency. “ISRO has also provided information to other space agencies in response to similar requests," the statement said.

China's state-run daily Global Times reported that India had, on 17 July, sought international support in accordance with the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, a multilateral mechanism, aimed at sharing clear space-based data for countries affected by natural or man-made disasters. China, which signed on the charter in 2007, responded rapidly to India's request by sharing images of flood-stricken regions in India taken by Chinese satellites, the daily said.

The two countries have large potential for cooperation, in which China's possession of cutting-edge technologies can be instrumental for India's disaster relief, the report said.

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