Information system has set up to warn about floods


In a bid to prevent the floods in advance, a Kathmandu-based international organisation which dedicated itself for the environmental has started an information system.

Shahriar Wahid, Project Coordinator for the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) said that they have created a platform known as the Kosi Basin Information System (KBIS) that integrates data on the climate change, land use, sedimentation, and water-based livelihoods to help individuals understand the changes happening in the basin.

He said this will give 48-hour flood warning, by using data collected from satellite technology and national weather agencies. For the first time, last monsoon Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has used the regional flood outlook to issue a flood warning.

For the past two years, the project’s partners from Nepal, India and China have been working to generate knowledge and help communities in the basin prepare for the disasters and maintain resilient livelihoods, as the floods are most common in these areas and lots of human property loss being faced by it everytime.

“The data and information are used by several institutions in India, Nepal and China for collaborative and development-oriented research on water, food, energy and environment in the basin,” Wahid added.