First-of-its-kind flash warning system for floods launched at IMD

The first-of-its-kind flash warning system for floods that will provide alerts for flash floods 6-24 hours in advance for South Asian nations has been launched at the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

During the virtual launch of the warning system that was attended by representatives of the member nations, IMD director general Mrutunjay Mohapatra said, “The system will enable the member countries – India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan – issue impact-based forecasting of floods which are very sudden and of short duration at watershed and also city level.”

The World Meteorological Department (WMO) has given India the responsibility of the Regional Centre of South Asia Flash Flood Guidance System for coordination, development and its implementation. It must be noted that India also shares cyclone warning alerts with its neighbouring nations.

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