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Flood forecasting proves tough task

Author/Source : BBC Report
Publish Date :Fri, 19 Aug 2005

Bangladesh is one of the countries worst hit by monsoons
Almost every year it is easy to predict that monsoon floods in South Asia will cause a tragedy. Predicting where the floods will be is a far harder art.

In the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, there has been a fledgling effort on regional flood forecasting over the past few years.


The World Meteorological Organisation and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development have initiated a pilot project under which hydrological and meteorological data are collected and posted on a web site.

Most governments believe it will give them real-time data on rainfall and water level rises.

Low-lying Bangladesh in particular is keen to get data from upstream countries.

Last year, more than 600 people died because of floods there.

Bangladesh, and Nepal, would both like access to India's regional satellite data.

"India has assured us that it would pass on to us such data which it receives through its satellite," says Keshab Prasad Sharma, senior hydrologist at Nepal's department of hydrology and meteorology.

"We need to rely on India because we do not have the required technology."