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Flash flood warning system launched for South Asian countries

  • Published at 10:53 pm October 23rd, 2020
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An aerial view shows submerged houses at a flooded area at Sonatola in the northern district of Bogra. Courtesy Touhid Pervez Biplob

The guidance system will alert Bangladesh as well as other South Asian countries six to 24 hours before flash floods

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday launched a flash flood warning system to provide alerts in advance for South Asian countries.

The first-of-its-kind guidance system will alert the South Asian countries – Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan -- six to 24 hours before flash floods, reports PTI.

The World Meteorological Department (WMO) assigned India with the responsibility of the Regional Centre of South Asia Flash Flood Guidance System for coordination, development, and its implementation in the region.

IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said the guidance for flash floods in the form of threats (six hours in advance) and risks (24 hours in advance) will be provided to reduce the loss of life and property in the South Asian countries.

Flash floods are highly localised events of short duration with a very high peak and usually have less than six hours between the occurrence of the rainfall and peak flood. 

There is a general lack of flash flood warning capabilities and capacities among countries across the world.

Recognising that flash floods have a particularly disastrous impact on lives and properties of the affected populations, the 15th WMO Congress had approved the implementation of a Flash Flood Guidance System (FFGS) project with global coverage.

The system was developed by the WMO Commission for Hydrology, jointly with the WMO Commission for Basic Systems and in collaboration with the US National Weather Service, the US Hydrologic Research Centre (HRC).

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