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‘Early weather, flood warning vital for sustainable dev’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Speakers at a learning-sharing workshop in the city on Monday underscored the need for timely weather and flood forecast to ensure sustainable development.

CARE Bangladesh, which is implementing USAID-funded Shouhardo III and Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) projects, organised the workshop to share lessons and experiences from a recently phased-out project on early weather and flood advisories.

Speaking at the event as the chief guest, Disaster Management and Relief Secretary Md Mohsin appreciated the community-driven forecast information dissemination of SHOUHARDO III and RIMES.

“Monsoon floods and flash floods have different characteristics,” he said, underlining the importance of adopting different action plans to manage either of them.

“There should be a 15-day forecast for the monsoon flood and three-day forecast ready for the flash flood,” the secretary added.

He also mentioned the necessity of information dissemination of the learning to take the shared experience forward from the grass roots level to the policy level.

Special guest of the programme Fazlur Rashid, director general of Bangladesh Water Development Board, said they have been working to ensure effective forecast-based and early warning information.

Another special guest Ellen de Guzman, director, OFDA, USAID Bangladesh, said, “USAID Bangladesh recognises the need to work towards preventing climate change and take preventive measures for disasters by building resilience of the people in those areas.”

She appreciated the efforts of Bangladesh government that brought significant progress in terms of disaster preparedness and early warning over the past years as well as Shouhardo III and RIMES for the way the project supported the programme participants.

In the presentation on key achievements and lessons from the “Improved Weather and Flood Information System for Community Based Risk and Resource Management in Bangladesh” project, Raihanul Haque Khan listed operationalisation of long-lead (15-days) stream flow forecasting, upazila weather forecast through upazila weather portal, upazila-specific iconographic forecast products, and development of the disaster management committee portal as key achievements.