New Delhi:

IBM today said it has partnered with a host of organisations, including Invest India, Wipro, and IT body Nasscom for its 'Call for Code' initiative that aims to build global solutions for disaster management. Announced in May this year, 'Call for Code' is a global initiative where IBM is the founding member along with American Red Cross and United Nations Human Rights Organisation.

"2017 has been the costliest year ever for natural disasters in the Indian sub-continent. At the same time, India has the second largest developer community with 3.5 million developers – a community with great potential to create innovative solutions," Seema Kumar, Country Leader, Developer Ecosystem and Startups at IBM, said.

IBM intends to harness this potential by giving the developers access to tools, technologies, free code, and training with experts that will strengthen the efforts towards mitigating disasters, she added.

Kumar said the partners have played a crucial role in this year's Call for Code initiative by validating the IBM's shared vision of helping humanity tackle natural disasters.

Floods have wreaked havoc across the states this year, with with Kerala being the latest. Hundreds have lost their lives .while thousands have been rendered homeless. More than More than 7.8 lakh people are estimated to be in relief camp. .. .